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Demonstration of a Condition Monitoring System for Tidal Stream Generators

Demonstration of a Condition Monitoring System for Tidal Stream Generators

Objective

The TidalSense Demo project has been conceived by the SMEs intending to exploit a new market with huge potential growth, in Condition Monitoring of subsea energy device elements using the TidalSense System. The TidalSense condition monitoring system has been developed to detect, locate and classify defects in tidal generator structures. The Demo project will allow the SMEs to demonstrate and validate their system so that they can gain a lead in this emerging market, providing condition monitoring services and components to tidal energy operators. The SMEs will draw on their in-house research capabilities and those of participating research organisations, who will supply support to the SMEs.

The TidalSense Demo project is aiming to:
• Apply novel LRU (Long Range Ultrasonic) and AE (Acoustic Emission) sensors to inspect tidal stream generators, allowing 100% volume coverage.
• Apply novel and flexible piezocomposite transducers to LRU/AE allowing perfect adaptation of shape to structures of complex contour, and thus perfect acoustic coupling into such structures.
• Use guided wave in new applications.
• Develop instrumentation and software for LRUT and AE monitoring of tidal generators.
• Develop signal processing techniques for signal enhancement including novel time reversal focussing.
• Develop an automated defect detection and classification system (ADDS) including trend analysis which combines AE and LRU in an integrated way.
• Implement general wireless communication methods so that the data can be collected and transmitted both from generators directly to the office, without human intervention.

Coordinator

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK

Address

Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
Cb21 6dr Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 330 000

Administrative Contact

Hassam Miabhoy (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

Greece

EnerOcean S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 278 090,70

IT Power Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 205 800

I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 112 240

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 117 390

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 133 056

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 55 600

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 56 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 74 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 48 202

NAUTRICITY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 760,80

AQUA ENERGY SOLUTIONS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 105 760,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 286989

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 949 380,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 621 900

Coordinated by:

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK

United Kingdom