TRL 2 - TECHNOLOGY READINESS
TWO - Level 1 - Applied Research: technology concept and/or application formulated
We know that sun tracking systems work on land, with off the shelf packages (actuators) that, unfortunately, are not suitable for a vessels at sea in (dynamic) strong weather conditions. The other consideration is structural integrity of a large moveable array, when subjected to hurricane conditions.
The objective would be to design and build a test rig, using geared electric motors to rotate solar panels, arranged as wings, about bearings and shafting, mounted on a lightweight frame above the working parts of the (proposed) hull.
SCALE - The TRL scale is a metric for describing the maturity of a technology. The acronym stands for Technology Readiness Level. The scale consists of 9 levels. Each level characterises the progress in the development of a technology, from the idea (level 1) to the full deployment of the product in the marketplace (level 9).
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