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Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost

Objective

Europe is endowed with abundant wave energy which could cover some 10% of its electricity needs with a clean, predictable and job-creating resource, which EU companies are at the forefront exploiting with little dependence on foreign suppliers.

There remain important technical challenges to bring down costs to within investors’ reach, as a top priority open-sea operating experience must be analysed to permit the focus of R&D efforts on identifying and solving problems uncovered in open-sea deployments. However, to this day, most wave energy R&D does not have access to open-sea operating data as they are not shared by the companies that sponsored open-sea tests.

OPERA will remove this roadblock by collecting and sharing two years of open-sea operating data of a floating oscillating water column wave energy converter. In addition the project will be the first open-sea deployment for four cost-reducing innovations that will be advanced from TRL3-4 to TRL5. Together, these four innovations have a long-term cost reduction potential of over 50%. These are: a 50% more efficient turbine, latching and predictive control, a shared mooring system for wave energy similar to those that have reduced mooring costs 50% in aquaculture, and an elastomeric mooring tether that reduces peak loads at the hull-mooring connection 70% and thus addresses one of the most pressing challenges for structural survivability of wave energy devices.

Documenting and sharing this open-sea experience will also induce a step-change in our knowledge of risk and uncertainties, costs and societal and environmental impacts of wave energy. The consortium brings together world leaders in wave energy research from four European countries and the IPR owner and most advanced teams to exploit each of these innovations.

Last but not least, the project brings national in-cash co-financing of over €2 million to directly fund the open-sea testing.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

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

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 096 687,50

Participants (12)

OCEANTEC ENERGIAS MARINAS SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 747 252,50
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edif 612
48170 Derio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BISCAY MARINE ENERGY PLATFORM SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 420 375
Address
Cl Atalaia 2, Bajo
48620 Lemoiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENTE VASCO DE LA ENERGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 750
Address
Alameda Urquijo Edificio Plaza Bizkaia 36, 1º
48011 Bilbao
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
IBERDROLA ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION UK LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 268,75
Address
10 Technology Avenue Hamilton International Technology Park
G72 0HT Blantyre Glasgow
Activity type
Other
Global Maritime Consultancy Ltd.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 133 125
Address
Gutter Lane 44
EC2V 6BR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DNV GL UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 116 500
Address
30 Stamford Street 4Th Floor
SE1 9LQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 402 750
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 671 787,50
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KYMANER-TECNOLOGIAS ENERGETICAS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 579 000
Address
Estrada Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Luminar Edificio Sala 1026
1649 038 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 359 788,75
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 459 750
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IDOM CONSULTING, ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE S.A.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 401 228,75
Address
Av Zarandoa 23
48015 Bilbao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)