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Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays

Objective

The DTOcean project is aimed at accelerating the industrial development of ocean energy power generation knowledge, and providing design tools for deploying the first generation of wave and tidal energy converter arrays.

The areas of hydrodynamic array layout, electrical infrastructure, operations, maintenance & control, moorings & foundations, and installation & logistics bring critical challenges which must be addressed for the ocean energy sector in order to reach commercialisation. Whilst the current conditions seen in the sector are acceptable for the development stage that the sector is currently primarily focussed on – testing prototype devices – they are not acceptable as the sector moves towards the deployment of medium and large-scale arrays. These factors, if not addressed, have significant consequences for the sector, such as a failure to optimise the design of ocean energy arrays due to neglecting the extra complexities of array designs over single device deployments, and failure to properly understand economic, environmental, or reliability impacts that individual components within an array design can have on the overall project.

The DTOcean project brings together an integrated suite of Work Packages to address the challenges that have been highlighted, as the sector progresses from single devices to arrays. The Work Packages will form core elements of progression beyond current state-of-the-art knowledge.

Within each work package there will be a significant focus on the economic, environmental and reliability challenges. This will ensure that each step of the design process considers the overall impact of individual Work Package decisions – ensuring environmentally appropriate project development. The result will culminate in a suite of open source design tools for the ocean energy sector.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity/marine energy/tidal energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 856 293,75
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)

Participants (18)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 470 794
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Villate (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 284 410,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 380 623,20
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 317 645,20
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Hill (Ms.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 328 323,20
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helle Schroeder Hansen (Ms.)
SINTEF OCEAN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 203 085,75
Address
Otto Nielsens Veg 10
7052 Trondheim
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Birger åldstedt (Mr.)
WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 295 523,20
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carla Bacelar (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION DE PREFIGURATION DE L INSTITUT D'EXCELLENCE DES ENERGIES DECARBONEES (IEED) FRANCE ENERGIES MARINES
France
EU contribution
€ 389 363,20
Address
Batiment Cap Ocean, 525 Avenue Alexis De Rochon
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yann-Hervé De Roeck (Dr.)
IBERDROLA RENOVABLES ENERGIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 69 792
Address
Calle Menorca 19/13
46023 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Lozano (Mr.)
VATTENFALL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 20 633
Address
Evenemangsgatan 13
169 56 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eoghan Maguire (Mr.)
DEME BLUE ENERGY NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 122 000,40
Address
Scheldedijk 30 Haven 1025
2070 Zwijndrecht Antwerpen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joury Van Gijseghem (Mr.)
PRYSMIAN CABLES Y SISTEMAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 49 100,40
Address
Carretera C 15 Km 2
08800 Vilanova I La Geltru
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Zorraquino (Mr.)
TENSION TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 859,50
Address
Huggetts Lane 36
BN22 0LU Eastbourne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Banfield (Mr.)
IT Power Ltd

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 679,50
Address
Lutyens Close -Grove House
RG24 8AG Chineham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joseph Hussey (Mr.)
Sandia Corporation
United States
Address
Eubank Southeast 1515
87185 1382 Albuquerque
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Pino (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 75 716
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Redondo Berdugo (Mrs.)
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE L'ENERGIE DE L'OCEAN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 23 464
Address
Rue D Arlon 63-65
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Gruet Remi (Mr.)
IT POWER CONSULTING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 109 924,75
Address
29 Great George St
BS1 5QT Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joe Hussey