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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-03-2014 | Award Amount: 24.72M | Year: 2015

The most advanced wave power demonstrations today have showed the feasibility of power generation with single device deployments and MW-scale performance within several testing periods of several years. The next step beyond this is to deploy multiple wave energy converters in MW-scale with improved power generation capability and demonstrate that they are able to survive rough sea conditions over a period of several years. Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project has an exceptionally good starting point. It has an existing site reservation in a wave power testing centre called Wave Hub, with all the needed infrastructure, including grid connection already in place. In addition, the wave energy converter technology to be deployed in the project has already been tested and proven in real conditions in Scotland. The ultimate purpose of the CEFOW is to increase the speed of wave power development, decrease the levelised cost of ocean energy by improving technical solutions used for multiple device system, and create an efficient supply chain to support larger wave power projects in the future. To reach these targets, the CEFOW consortium will improve the wave energy converter performance by 50% and raise its availability to 70%; develop new types of dynamic mooring and electrical connections suitable for multi-device deployment and deploy 3MW (three 1MW units) wave energy converters in real world offshore conditions in a grid-connected testing environment. In addition, CEFOW will study the feasibility of on-board and on-shore storage solutions and conduct thorough multi-year environmental, health and safety studies. The consortium spans the full value chain from research organisations to wave converter technology developers, marine service providers and a large multinational utility company as the operator.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 1.45M | Year: 2012

This project unites Mojo Maritime, Voith Turbo, Det Norske Veritas, Bauer Renewables and the University of Exeter in tackling the technical, economic and safety related challenges surrounding the installation of tidal energy. This involves the development of a patented vessel and operating concept designed to handle the aggressive marine conditions typical of tidal energy sites. Unlike existing approaches, this project will develop a total solution from first principles which significantly increases operational windows at a much lower unit cost. The solution will be the key to reducing the cost of installation and through life maintenance of tidal arrays to a level comparable to the installed cost of offshore wind.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 112.47K | Year: 2013

This project looks at the feasibility of developing an innovative low motion, low cost floating platform as an offshore wind foundation in an effort to reduce the cost of energy associated with offshore wind farms in both deep and shallow water sites.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 2.53M | Year: 2011

Offshore Wave Energy Limited’s (OWEL) wave energy converter is a floating horizontal duct, open at one end to capture oncoming waves. It is designed to be moored offshore in highly energetic, deep water locations. OWEL uses the horizontal motion of wave crests to repeatedly capture and compress air in order to drive a conventional, unidirectional air turbine. It has few moving parts and none in contact with the water. Its robust design, simple construction and minimal machinery will help keep the cost of power low and minimise maintenance. A single 350kW OWEL unit will be deployed at the Cornish Wave Hub facility in early 2013. This marine demonstrator will primarily be used to prove that the concept works at large scale in an ocean environment. This design will be a smaller version of a suite of commercial machines that will be developed for future deployment. The demonstrator will be developed by a national consortium of organisations that, between them, bring together the wealth of experience needed to successfully deliver a project of this nature: OWEL, IT Power, Ramboll, Narec, NPL, DNV, A&P Shipbuilders, Mojo Maritime, University of Plymouth and PRIMaRE. The overall goal of the project it to produce a costed and DNV accredited design for a 1st generation commercial product (rated at around 2MW per unit) by the end of 2013. From 2016 OWEL plans to sell this commercial product that will feature a number of ducts combined to form a single, 2-3MW platform. If you would like more information about the OWEL wave energy converter, please see: www.owel.co.uk.

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