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Open-Centre Tidal Turbine Industrial Capability

Objective

OpenHydro holds a unique position in the tidal industry. It has developed a state-of-the-art Open-Centre Turbine with a proven ability to generate and deliver electricity to the national grid and a patented method to deploy and recover turbines quickly, safely and economically on the seabed. Simplicity is at the core of OpenHydro’s design philosophy: the turbine has only one moving part, minimising the number of interventions for maintenance. Fundamentally, the Open-Centre Turbine system is designed to deliver the lowest cost of energy. Since the installation of OpenHydro’s first turbine in 2006, the technology has been developed and tested extensively, with prototype designs optimised to provide higher outputs and improved economics. Validation of the full-scale, 2.0MW 16 metre turbine system following the deployment, grid connection and operation of a two turbine array at the Paimpol-Bréhat test site in France brings the technology to TRL 7. OpenHydro’s stated objective is to match and beat the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) of offshore wind.

The OCTTIC FTI Pilot project, which brings together a consortium of 4 industrial partners led by OpenHydro, will achieve this through advancement of the turbine system design to improve performance, efficiency and reliability. These advancements when combined with a reduction in operational and maintenance requirements, will deliver significant reductions in capital and operational costs to achieve LCoE targets. OCTTIC will establish a robust industrial production platform and the associated supply chain to produce, assemble and deploy the turbines at scale to deliver LCoE targets and lead the development of the tidal energy market. The outputs of this project will be implemented immediately through the deployment of commercial tidal array projects in partnership with energy utilities to make significant contributions towards the decarbonisation of the European energy system and securing energy supply.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

COCKERILL MAINTENANCE & INGENIERIE
Address
Avenue Adolphe Greiner 1
4100 Seraing
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 366 260,13

Participants (3)

OPENHYDRO GROUP LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 2 163 566,65
Address
1 Custom House Plaza Harbourmaster Place Ifsc
D01 C2CS Dublin 1
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NITRONICA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 756,38
Address
Antrim Road
BT24 8AN Ballynahinch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JLMAG RARE EARTH CO (EUROPE) BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 253 575
Address
Madame Curieweg 15
5482 TL Schijndel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)