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Wave Energy Transition to Future by Evolution of Engineering and Technology

Objective

The recent experience with ocean wave energy have revealed issues with reliability of technical components, survivability, high development costs and risks, long time to market, as well as industrial scalability of proposed and tested technologies. However the potential of wave energy is vast, and also positive conclusions have been drawn, in particular that wave energy is generally technically feasible.
Having substantial insight into successes and drawbacks in past developments and existing concepts, the promoters have identified ‘breakthrough features’ that address the above mentioned obstacles, i.e. components, systems and processes, as well as the respective IP. These breakthroughs are applied to two wave concepts, the OWC and the Symphony, under development by members of the consortium. The following main avenues have been identified:

1. Survivability breakthrough via device submergence under storm conditions;
2. O&M (operation and maintenance) breakthrough via continuous submergence and adaption of components and strategies;
3. PTO breakthrough via dielectric membrane alternatives to the “classical” electro-mechanical power take-off equipment;
4. Array breakthrough via sharing of mooring and electrical connections between nearby devices, as well as integral approach to device interaction and compact aggregates;

WETFEET addressees Low-carbon Energies specific challenges by targeting a set of breakthroughs for wave energy technology, an infant clean energy technology with vast potential.

The breakthrough features of WETFEET are developed and tested on the platform of two specific converter types (OWC and Symphony) with near-term commercial interest, and a large part of the results can make a general contribution to the sector, being implemented in other technologies.
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WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO

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Rua Dom Jeronimo Osorio 11
1400 119 Lisboa

Portugal

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EU Contribution

€ 722 999,36

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TEAMWORK TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 671 602,50

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 313 625

EDP INOVACAO SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 37 421,63

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 285 000

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 298 028,75

INNOSEA

France

EU Contribution

€ 135 937,50

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 611,33

UNIVERSITAT LINZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 161 750

SELMAR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 132 500

TRELLEBORG RIDDERKERK BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 388 175

AURORA VENTURES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 82 031

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 127 201,18

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641334

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 456 883,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 456 883,25

Coordinated by:

WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO

Portugal