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Clean energy from ocean waves

Objective

The most advanced wave power demonstrations today have showed the feasibility of power generation with single device deployments and MW-scale performance within several testing periods of several years. The next step beyond this is to deploy multiple wave energy converters in MW-scale with improved power generation capability and demonstrate that they are able to survive rough sea conditions over a period of several years. Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project has an exceptionally good starting point. It has an existing site reservation in a wave power testing centre called Wave Hub, with all the needed infrastructure, including grid connection already in place. In addition, the wave energy converter technology to be deployed in the project has already been tested and proven in real conditions in Scotland.

The ultimate purpose of the CEFOW is to increase the speed of wave power development, decrease the levelised cost of ocean energy by improving technical solutions used for multiple device system, and create an efficient supply chain to support larger wave power projects in the future. To reach these targets, the CEFOW consortium will improve the wave energy converter performance by 50% and raise its availability to 70%; develop new types of dynamic mooring and electrical connections suitable for multi-device deployment and deploy 3MW (three 1MW units) wave energy converters in real world offshore conditions in a grid-connected testing environment. In addition, CEFOW will study the feasibility of on-board and on-shore storage solutions and conduct thorough multi-year environmental, health and safety studies.

The consortium spans the full value chain from research organisations to wave converter technology developers, marine service providers and a large multinational utility company as the operator.
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Coordinator

FORTUM OYJ

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Keilaniementie 1
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 444 375

Participants (9)

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WELLO OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 9 447 840,50

MOJO MARITIME LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 517,38

WAVE HUB LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 27 604,50

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 273 286,25

GREEN MARINE(UK)LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 4 470 206

FORTUM ENERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 293 250

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 662,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 355 447

THE EUROPEAN MARINE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 168 833

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 655594

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 24 744 113,75

  • EU contribution

    € 16 998 022,13

Coordinated by:

FORTUM OYJ

Finland