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Advanced Design Tools for Ocean Energy Systems Innovation, Development and Deployment

Project description

Setting a course for ocean energy innovation

The EU is currently facing one of its greatest challenges: the search for and development of novel and efficient sources of clean, affordable and sustainable energy. This challenge is a crucial aspect of the EU’s fight against climate change. Despite the potential it holds, ocean energy is still in its infancy due to a lack of mature technologies. In this context, the EU funded DTOceanPlus project aims to facilitate the transition of innovative technologies and advancements in ocean energy systems to the commercialisation stage. A crucial open source suite of design tools will be developed, aiding users in the selection, development, deployment and assessment of ocean energy systems. The implementation of these tools will lead to reduced costs and efforts while improving outcomes.


Ocean Energy can play an important role in addressing one of the EU’s biggest challenges: providing clean, affordable and sustainable energy. However, ocean energy technologies are not yet mature enough to overcome all challenges related to performance, reliability, survivability, and resulting cost of energy.
DTOceanPlus will accelerate the commercialisation of the Ocean Energy sector by developing and demonstrating an open source suite of design tools for the selection, development, deployment and assessment of ocean energy systems (including sub-systems, energy capture devices and arrays). This will align innovation and development processes with those used in mature engineering sectors.
- Technology concept selection will be facilitated by a Structured Innovation tool.
- Technology development will be enabled by a Stage-Gate tool.
- Technology deployment will be supported by a 2nd generation of the FP7 DTOcean tools.
This suite of design tools will reduce the technical and financial risks of the technology to achieve the deployment of cost-competitive wave and tidal arrays. DTOceanPlus will underpin a rapid reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy offered by facilitating improvement in the reliability, performance and survivability of ocean energy systems and analysing the impact of design on energy yield, O&M and the environment, thus making the sector more attractive for private investment.
These objectives and impacts will be achieved through the implementation of 9 work packages covering user engagement, tool development, demonstration of tools against real projects (thus outputting a suite of tools at TRL 6), analysis of supply chains and potential markets, exploitation, dissemination and education.
The DTOceanPlus consortium has been formed to include representatives of all key user and stakeholder groups. It includes all core partners from the FP7 DTOcean project along with the developers of Europe’s leading ocean energy sub-systems, devices and arrays.

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€ 948 197,75
Parque cientifico y tecnologico de gipuzkoa, paseo mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia-san sebastian (gipuzkoa)

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Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
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