Generator company NGenTec says it has secured its second grant from the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of the government's Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme.
NGenTec will use the funding – which was awarded in the amount of 782,991 British pounds – to develop a range of offshore wind power technologies.
NGenTec's patented generator design is based on axial-flux permanent magnet generator technology. The machine is modular and air cored, providing features such as inherent redundancy and increased availability, the company explains.
In December 2010, NGenTec was awarded its first DECC grant, as part of The Environmental Transformation Fund, to design, manufacture and assemble a 1 MW direct-drive generator prototype. At the beginning of this year, that prototype was assembled in just a few days.
Representing a section of a 6 MW machine, the prototype is currently undergoing load and performance testing. To date, all tests show that the technology meets or exceeds the set design criteria and performance characteristics, according to NGenTec.