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Tidal Turbine Power Take-Off Accelerator

Objective

In this project we will design, build and test an innovative Direct Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) solution for tidal turbines.

The consortium’s aim in this project is to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20%, demonstrated by accelerated life testing of a next-generation tidal turbine power take-off (PTO) solution. Project outputs will be independently verified, and will enable:

1. Improved performance: 20% Lifetime Cost of Energy improvement over a conventional PTO
2. Improved reliability: extending service intervals from less than 1 year to over 2 years
3. Verified survivability: PTO design lifetime greater than 20 years

The results will be disseminated and exploited to maximise the benefit of this project to the ocean energy sector, and to raise investor and market confidence in the emerging tidal energy industry.

In order to verify the technology, we will conduct accelerated onshore and in-sea testing of a prototype PTO and achieve third party validation of the design and the test results. In parallel we will develop a commercialisation strategy for selling and licensing the product to tidal energy technology developers, and explore potential uses outside the tidal sector, such as wave power and marine propulsion.

The project is led by Nova Innovation, a world-leading tidal energy technology and project developer. Project partners are: SKF, Siemens, The University of Edinburgh, Delft Technical University, Wood Group and the Center for Wind Power Drives RWTH Aachen University.

This proposal is being submitted to the call LCE-07-2016-2017: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling, and is perfectly aligned with the scope of the call: to increase the performance and reliability of ocean energy subsystems.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-RES-CCS-RIA
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Coordinator

NOVA INNOVATION LTD
Address
45 Timber Bush
EH6 6QH Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 517 208,75

Participants (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 539 337,50
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SKF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 329 461,25
Address
Gunnar Wester Strasse 12
97421 Schweinfurt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEMENS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 240 764
Address
Sir William Siemens Square Faraday House Frimley
GU16 8QD Camberley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WOOD GROUP FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 225 560
Address
60 Rue De La Chaussee D'antin
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 287 890
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 261 343,75
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments