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Wave Energy Transition to Future by Evolution of Engineering and Technology

Objective

The recent experience with ocean wave energy have revealed issues with reliability of technical components, survivability, high development costs and risks, long time to market, as well as industrial scalability of proposed and tested technologies. However the potential of wave energy is vast, and also positive conclusions have been drawn, in particular that wave energy is generally technically feasible.
Having substantial insight into successes and drawbacks in past developments and existing concepts, the promoters have identified ‘breakthrough features’ that address the above mentioned obstacles, i.e. components, systems and processes, as well as the respective IP. These breakthroughs are applied to two wave concepts, the OWC and the Symphony, under development by members of the consortium. The following main avenues have been identified:

1. Survivability breakthrough via device submergence under storm conditions;
2. O&M (operation and maintenance) breakthrough via continuous submergence and adaption of components and strategies;
3. PTO breakthrough via dielectric membrane alternatives to the “classical” electro-mechanical power take-off equipment;
4. Array breakthrough via sharing of mooring and electrical connections between nearby devices, as well as integral approach to device interaction and compact aggregates;

WETFEET addressees Low-carbon Energies specific challenges by targeting a set of breakthroughs for wave energy technology, an infant clean energy technology with vast potential.

The breakthrough features of WETFEET are developed and tested on the platform of two specific converter types (OWC and Symphony) with near-term commercial interest, and a large part of the results can make a general contribution to the sector, being implemented in other technologies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 722 999,36

Participants (12)

TEAMWORK TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 671 602,50
Address
Bergerweg 200 Gebouw C
1817MN Alkmaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 313 625
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EDP INOVACAO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 37 421,63
Address
Praca Marques De Pombal 12
1250 162 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 000
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 028,75
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INNOSEA
France
EU contribution
€ 135 937,50
Address
1 Rue De La Noe
44321 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 100 611,33
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 161 750
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SELMAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 500
Address
Via Cesare Arzela' 7/I
19037 Santo Stefano Di Magra Sp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRELLEBORG RIDDERKERK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 388 175
Address
Verlengde Kerkweg 15
2985 AZ Ridderkerk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AURORA VENTURES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 82 031
Address
21 Ashley House
BH24 1XQ Hightown
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 127 201,18
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments