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CommerciaL Energy ARray for Widespread Acceleration of Tidal European Resources

Objective

Our project consortium will design, build, install and operate an open ocean 4.5MW tidal energy farm in the Inner Sound in the Pentland Firth, off the Northern coast of Scotland. The project (“Clearwater”) will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a multi-turbine tidal energy array, an essential step to catalyse development of commercial projects in the EU ocean energy industry. Project Clearwater provides a credible, robustly implemented transition from high cost single turbine demonstration deployments of marine turbines to economically viable multi-hundred turbine arrays in oceans and managed water assets across Europe and the wider global market.

The consortium consists of, and is funded by:

UK - Atlantis Operations (UK) Ltd. (“Atlantis”): open ocean tidal turbine technology (including operating the world’s first 1MW grid connected open ocean tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland in 2011); Edinburgh University (“UEDIN”): research institution (with significant focus on all aspects of ocean energy, from resource analysis, through to array modelling and commercialisation research).

The Netherlands –Royal Haskoning (“RH”): engineering and environmental consultancy (having secured in excess of 2,000MW of offshore wind consents).

Denmark – DHI Water & Environment (“DHI”): world leaders in tidal resource assessment and hydrographical modelling.



The project, which will run from 2014-2018, will build on the AR-series open ocean tidal turbine system tested at EMEC to deliver a wide range of new innovations. Most importantly the project will provide a number of step changes that will catalyse the European marine industry:

Generating a target of 10,000MWh of clean energy to the European grid; De-risking environmental consenting process through novel monitoring methodologies to provide a holistic approach to monitoring; improvements in future ocean energy farm efficiency; reduction of per MW costs by up to 20% vs. single unit via the application of advanced manufacturing processes.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-2
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Coordinator

ATLANTIS OPERATIONS (UK) LIMITED
Address
Vauxhaul Bridge Road 230 Victoria
London
United Kingdom
Administrative Contact

Participants (3)

DHI
Denmark
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petersen Ole Svenstrup (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
HASKONINGDHV NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
Laan 1914 35
3818 EX Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Van Heereveld (Mr.)