In 2008 Tocardo installed a T1 tidal turbine in The Afsluitdijk in the north of The Netherlands, Tocardo’s test site. The purpose of this turbine was to demonstrate the technology and its operational capabilities during a longer period. The turbine is suspended in the sluice using a simple T shaped frame and can be lifted out of the water for inspection and testing.
Various tests have been performed with this turbine, including open water tests for which the turbine was placed on a barge in open sea. The patented bi-blade system was also tested on this turbine.