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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage

Coordinator

MIDROC PROJECT MANAGEMENT AB
Net EU contribution
€ 595 939,90
Address
Telegrafgatan 6a
169 72 Solna
Sweden

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 525 540,00
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast

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Region
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
BELGISCH LABORATORIUM VAN ELEKTRICITEITSINDUSTRIE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 202 083,75
Address
Rodestraat 125
1630 Linkebeek

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
MINESTO AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 955 881,25
Address
Vita Gavelns Vag 6
426 71 Vastra Frolunda

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

MINESTO UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 463 025,00
Address
St James House 13 Kensington Square
W8 5HD London

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 668 237,50
Address
-
412 96 Goteborg

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SSPA SWEDEN AB.
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 522 875,00
Address
Chalmers Tvargata 10
400 22 Goteborg

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
APPLIED COMPUTING & ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 480 625,00
Address
Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus
WA4 4FS Daresbury

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Region
North West (England) Merseyside East Merseyside
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
UW-ELAST AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 256 875,00
Address
Forradsgatan 38
54235 Mariestad

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
MOORLINK SOLUTIONS AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 403 281,25
Address
Bror Nilssons Gata 5
41755 Goteborg

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00