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Moment-based nonlinear energy-maximising optimal control of wave energy systems to secure a renewable future

Opis projektu

Torowanie drogi dla pomyślnej komercjalizacji technologii konwerterów energii fal

Fale oceaniczne mogą stanowić szansę na zaspokojenie globalnego zapotrzebowania na energię i przyczynić się do powstania niskoemisyjnego społeczeństwa. Konwertery energii fal, mimo swojego ogromnego potencjału, nie odniosły dotąd sukcesu komercyjnego. Kluczem do zmiany tego stanu rzeczy jest odpowiednia technologia sterowania. W tym kontekście finansowany przez UE projekt DESTINY ma na celu opracowanie technologii sterowania konwerterami energii fal za pomocą innowacyjnego i niezawodnego nieliniowego optymalnego modelu sterowania. Dzięki temu interesariusze sektora inżynierii oceanicznej i energii fal zyskają narzędzie, które ma szansę sprawić, że technologia konwertorów energii fal stanie się opłacalna.

Cel

Ocean wave energy is a massive and untapped resource, which can make a valuable contribution towards a sustainable, global, energy mix. Despite the fact that ocean waves are a vast resource, wave energy converters (WECs) have yet to make significant progress towards commercialisation. A fundamental stepping stone to achieve this objective is the availability of appropriate optimal control technology, such that energy conversion is performed as economically as possible, minimising the delivered energy cost, and operating across a wide range of ocean conditions.

This project will greatly advance WEC control technology by providing a novel and reliable nonlinear optimal control framework for WECs, based on the mathematical concept of moments. Such a framework will feature an accurate nonlinear description of the physics associated with the wave energy extraction process, optimally maximising energy absorption for single devices and array configurations, and exhibiting real-time capabilities. This will provide all stakeholders in the ocean engineering and wave energy fields with a fundamental and easily-accessible tool to facilitate reaching economic viability of wave energy technology. This project is comprised of 4 scientific work packages, which accomplish: (1) generalisation of the control framework for a large class of nonlinear control- and wave-dependent effects, (2) experimental validation of the control strategy, (3) extension to WEC arrays, and (4) release of an open-source software. In addition, this fellowship will expand the career horizons of the fellow through a highly multidisciplinary plan, building upon and extending beyond his current competencies. The fellow is well-positioned to undertake this project, allowing him to fully develop innovative concepts from his PhD research. This fellowship will provide the fellow with an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a scientist and engineer, launching him on a trajectory to a productive scientific career.

Koordynator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Wkład UE netto
€ 183 473,28
Adres
CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
10129 Torino
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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Linki
Koszt całkowity
€ 183 473,28