February 2014: The master returns and the machine roars
by Kieran Monk
Production – 175 kWhrs Operational hours – 8hrs
December saw the return of veteran Pico engineer Victor Winands, to the Project. Victor has many years of experience with the project and a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
With the new RPM and shafting coupling installed a new test series was initiated. The machine was successful started but due to the long down time the machine a long test series of cautious iterative steps were taken to minimise the risk of further failure.