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Tidal Energy Converter Cost Reduction via Power Take Off Optimisation

Objective

The Tidal Energy Converter Cost Reduction via Power Take Off Optimisation (TIDAL-EC) project proposes a set of research and development activities to substantially improve the economic competitiveness of a key developing sector of the renewable energy market: that of tidal stream power generation. Two of the largest and most critical components of any mainstream tidal energy converter (TEC) are the power take off (PTO) system (the shaft, bearings and other equipment which connects the turbine blades with the generator) and the electrical generator itself. Experts in the field of turbine and generator testing, the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE CATAPULT) together with SME partners Tocardo International (TOCARDO),Ocean Flow Energy (OCEANFLOW), Minesto (MINESTO) & FiberSensing (FIBERSENSING) and Research (RTD) performing partners the University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) and SINTEF (SINTEF), plan to conduct vital research and concept design activities to determine the optimum design of a TEC power take off system and permanent magnet generator (PMG). These radically optimised systems will improve reliability, increase power conversion efficiency and facilitate reduction in the cost of tidal power. In turn, the results of this project will also help SME tidal developers (and their SME suppliers) to be able to offer warranties and guarantees to end customers (European Energy Utilities) and enable large scale roll out of tidal energy in the EU; supporting diversification of the European energy mix and helping to achieve European 2020 renewable energy and carbon emission reduction targets.

The formation of the consortium has been carefully considered, in parallel with the resource commitments required to support the proposed programme of work. All consortium members have clearly defined roles and responsibilities within the work programme, and have determined that their return on investment is significant, appropriate and is in alignment with their strategic vision.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY CATAPULT
Address
Offshore House Albert Street
NE24 1LZ Blyth Northumberland
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 71 760
Administrative Contact
Hytham Emam (Mr.)

Participants (6)

MINESTO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 136 244
Address
Vita Gavelns Vag 6
426 71 Vastra Frolunda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charlotta Ekman (Ms.)
SINTEF ENERGI AS
Norway
Address
Sem Saelandsveg 11
7465 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tatiana Sekkester (Mrs.)
FIBERSENSING-SISTEMAS AVANCADOS DEMONITORIZACAO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 91 845,72
Address
Rua Vasconcelos Costa 277
4470 640 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Abad (Dr.)
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.)
TOCARDO INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 565 183,34
Address
Sluiskolkkade 2
1779 GP Den Oever
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Hamilton (Mr.)
OCEAN FLOW ENERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 966,94
Address
Hotspur House 15 East Percy Street
NE30 1DT North Shields
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graeme Mackie (Mr.)