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Floating Tidal Energy Commercialisation project (FloTEC)

Floating Tidal Energy Commercialisation project (FloTEC)

Objective

The FloTEC project will demonstrate the potential for floating tidal stream turbines to provide low-cost, high-value energy to the European grid mix. The FloTEC project has 5 core objectives:

1. Demonstrate a full-scale prototype floating tidal energy generation system for optimised energy extraction in locally varying tidal resources;
2. Reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy of floating tidal energy from current estimated €250/MWh to €200/MWh, through both CAPEX and OPEX cost reductions in Scotrenewables Tidal Technology;
3. Develop potential of tidal energy generation towards flexible, baseload generation, through the integration of energy storage.
4. Demonstrate the potential for centralised MV power conversion to provide a generic, optimised low-cost solution for tidal arrays
5. Progress tidal energy towards maturity and standard project financing by reducing cost and risk, improving reliability, and developing an advanced financing plan for first arrays.

This will be realised through the construction of a M2-SR2000 2MW turbine - which will incorporate the following innovations:

50% greater energy capture through enlarged rotors with a lower rated speed;
Automated steel fabrication;
Centralised MV power conversion
Integrated Energy Storage
Mooring load dampers
Composite Blade Manufacturing

The SR2000-M2 will be deployed alongside the existing SR2000-M1 at EMEC to form a 4MW floating tidal array, serving as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy as a baseload supply.
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Coordinator

ORBITAL MARINE POWER LIMITED

Address

Innovation Centre - Orkney Hatston Pier Road, Crowness Business Park
Kw15 1zl Kirkwall

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 7 069 125

Participants (10)

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DP Energy Ireland Limited

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 276 736,25

HARLAND AND WOLFF HEAVY INDUSTRIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 27 125

THE EUROPEAN MARINE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 363 269

ABB LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 357 875

EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 490 000

TECHNOLOGY FROM IDEAS LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 521 500

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 175 625

SKF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 317 625

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 108 500

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691916

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 22 044 231,50

  • EU contribution

    € 9 782 380,25

Coordinated by:

ORBITAL MARINE POWER LIMITED

United Kingdom