CorPower Ocean AB, a leading developer of high efficiency wave energy converters, has been awarded a €4m grant by the European Commission (EC) for its WaveBoost project.
The grant will support a three-year innovation programme targeting significant improvements in the reliability and performance of wave energy converters by using pneumatic components in combination with advanced control technology. The efforts are expected to increase energy production, reduce CAPEX and improve grid integration of wave energy farms, resulting in a reduction in the cost of energy of up to 30 per cent.
The project brings together renewable energy leaders from Sweden, Scotland and Portugal, including the utility company EDP, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), WavEC Offshore Renewables, the University of Edinburgh, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), PMC Cylinders, GS-Hydro and CorPower Ocean.
In today’s uncertain investment environment, the perception of technical risk is dependent on how confident the investors are that ocean energy devices will perform reliably and produce the expected output from their devices. As the industry is approaching a pre-commercial stage, in-sea testing and demonstration at various scales will be a primary focus for the sector over the next three to five years. This places a key role on the ocean energy test houses to put in place a rigorous testing programme whereby the reliability of these emerging technologies can be tested and independently verified before the systems move onto large scale array deployments. The Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project addresses this strategic need, focusing on the key engineering challenges that underpin the reliability and survivability of emerging wave and tidal energy technology. RiaSoR I will establish industry best practice in reliability testing for wave and tidal devices through improved load measurements and verification, standardising design guidelines for marine energy systems, and increasing safety in marine energy operations.
The Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology used in other more mature sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industry will be adapted in the RiaSoR project for the ocean energy sector. VMEA is a method aimed at guiding engineers to find critical areas in terms of the effects of unwanted variation.
The project brings together three leading European research and testing sites from the north of Scotland, England and Sweden in order to develop industry approved reliability testing practices. These practices will be applied by the research and testing sites, ensuring consistency and robustness of testing to demonstrate reliability across wave and tidal technologies.
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The Ocean ERANET RiaSoR I project is currently establishing a framework for reliability assessment within the ocean energy sector, which builds upon established practices from the automotive industry. Within this project leading WEC/TEC developers are providing results from their onshore testing to identify critical components and parameters that influence uncertainties and safety factors. RiaSoR II is aimed at taking the RiaSoR I theoretical reliability assessment framework and applying it to the field test programme for WEC/TEC developers to validate the findings, establish a practical monitoring platform and framework to prepare for future arrays were big data handling and processing will be vital to drive down operational expenditures (OPEX).
The project brings together renewable energy leaders from Sweden, Scotland and Portugal, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), ORE Catapult, Cruz Atcheson, Alkit Communication AB, Synective Labs AB, Corpower Ocean AB, Waves4Power AB, Ocean Harvesting Technology AB and Albatern.
We are delighted to announce that the follow on to Marinet, Marinet 2, has been approved funding through the Horizon 2020 – INFRIA call. This new project is due to start in early 2017 and will run for 4.5 years. Whilst activities proposed under MaRINET2 will follow the same formula, balancing networking/joint research/ and transnational access, the consortium and scope of work is expanded to include 39 partners in 13 countries with 57 facilities, including facilities in Sweden with SSPA (tank testing) and Uppsala University (testsite Skagerrack).
Engineered structures operating in or near the marine environment are subject to one of the most aggressive environment for material degradation. Corrosion, erosion, thermal excursion, and last but not least biofouling, that is the attachment and growth of undesired organisms on the exposed surface. Corrosion and biofouling are major problems shared among all the structures immersed in seawater. Structures requiring protection include ships, docks and buoys, oil & gas rigs and the emergent ocean renewable energy sector, including wind, wave and tidal generation systems.
In the special case of ocean energy devices this issue has even more impact, because the ocean energy structures and devices need to demonstrate very high reliability in order to be efficient and economical feasible alternative to fossil energy production.
The main goal of the OCEANIC project is to achieve anticorrosion and antifouling protection with a life-time of >10yrs but at the same time achieving this result by an economically and environmentally sustainable way. The secondary goal will be the monitoring and mapping the different fouling pressures and fouling related corrosion in several test-sites along European test-bed facilities via a study in literature, test-bed database, and from data collected during project’s field tests.
The project brings together renewable energy leaders from Sweden, Spain and Portugal, including Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), IK4-AZTERLAN, GAIKER-IK-4, REPOL, WavEC, CorPower Ocean, Skandivavisk Ytförädling and Recubrimientos-Mikra.
NKT is one of Europe’s largest cable manufacturers with a strong history of innovation. Today they develop a new generation of cables to service the unique requirements of wave and tidal energy by working with Swedish technology developers Waves4Power, CorPower and Minesto. Irrespective of the principle used to convert waves or tides into electrical energy, power cables play a vital role in getting that energy to shore so it can generate revenue. The project centres on the energy technologies of Waves4Power, CorPower and Minesto supported by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Chalmers University of Technology. The first field trials have been performed at Waves4Power’s demonstration site in Runde, Norway. Following the trials, numerical models will be validated against data collected by the monitoring equipment mounted on the wave energy converters and on the cable itself. Based on the model and field trials, the project will develop a method of accelerated fatigue testing in a laboratory environment which will evaluate different cable designs and feed into a lifetime model based on the VMEA methodology.