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PowerKite - Power Take-Off System for a Subsea Tidal Kite

Objective

The PowerKite project will design, build and deploy a power take-off system (PTO) for novel tidal energy collector concept, the Deep Green subsea tidal kite. The overall objective of the PowerKite project is to gather experience in open sea conditions to enhance the structural and power performance of the PTO for a next generation tidal energy converter to ensure high survivability, reliability and performance, low environmental impact and competitive cost of energy in the (future) commercial phases. The core innovation of the project resides in the electro-mechanical design of the PTO, allowing the array to be deployed in sites with low velocity currents. The project will develop full-scale components of the turbine, generator, seabed power electronics, array transformer and subsea export cable. The project will also develop a new material for the mooring system (tether) combining the required buoyancy (to avoid the seafloor and the surface) with the appropriate modulus, strength and fatigue properties (to hold an oscillating load of 200 tons). Open sea trials will play a crucial role in the project as the deployment of the first full scale Deep Green prototype (funded via separate ERDF funding) will enable extensive offshore data collection for the PTO system. The Powerkite project has the potential to double the tidal power market potential, decrease the cost of energy with up to 60% and decrease the weight per installed MW at least 20 times compared to other tidal energy converters. The project has a budget of 5.1M Euros and gathers 9 partners from 3 countries. Over 30 months, the project will progress the state of the art in several fields: PTO modelling, electrical design, mechanical design, data acquisition, analysis and optimisation.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MIDROC PROJECT MANAGEMENT AB
Address
Telegrafgatan 6A
169 72 Solna
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 595 939,90

Participants (8)

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 525 540
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BELGISCH LABORATORIUM VAN DE ELEKTRICITEITSINDUSTRIE LABORELEC CVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 202 083,75
Address
Rodestraat 125
1630 Linkebeek
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINESTO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 418 906,25
Address
Vita Gavelns Vag 6
426 71 Vastra Frolunda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 668 237,50
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SSPA SWEDEN AB.
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 522 875
Address
Chalmers Tvaergata 10
40022 Goeteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
APPLIED COMPUTING & ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 480 625
Address
Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus
WA4 4FS Daresbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UW-ELAST AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 256 875
Address
Forradsgatan 38
54235 Mariestad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MOORLINK SOLUTIONS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 403 281,25
Address
Bror Nilssons Gata 5
41755 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)