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Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654444

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 July 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 741 263,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 741 263,75

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

Objective

Europe is endowed with abundant wave energy which could cover some 10% of its electricity needs with a clean, predictable and job-creating resource, which EU companies are at the forefront exploiting with little dependence on foreign suppliers.

There remain important technical challenges to bring down costs to within investors’ reach, as a top priority open-sea operating experience must be analysed to permit the focus of R&D efforts on identifying and solving problems uncovered in open-sea deployments. However, to this day, most wave energy R&D does not have access to open-sea operating data as they are not shared by the companies that sponsored open-sea tests.

OPERA will remove this roadblock by collecting and sharing two years of open-sea operating data of a floating oscillating water column wave energy converter. In addition the project will be the first open-sea deployment for four cost-reducing innovations that will be advanced from TRL3-4 to TRL5. Together, these four innovations have a long-term cost reduction potential of over 50%. These are: a 50% more efficient turbine, latching and predictive control, a shared mooring system for wave energy similar to those that have reduced mooring costs 50% in aquaculture, and an elastomeric mooring tether that reduces peak loads at the hull-mooring connection 70% and thus addresses one of the most pressing challenges for structural survivability of wave energy devices.

Documenting and sharing this open-sea experience will also induce a step-change in our knowledge of risk and uncertainties, costs and societal and environmental impacts of wave energy. The consortium brings together world leaders in wave energy research from four European countries and the IPR owner and most advanced teams to exploit each of these innovations.

Last but not least, the project brings national in-cash co-financing of over €2 million to directly fund the open-sea testing.

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Address

Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700
48160 Derio Bizkaia

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 096 687,50

Participants (12)

OCEANTEC ENERGIAS MARINAS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 747 252,50

BISCAY MARINE ENERGY PLATFORM SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 420 375

ENTE VASCO DE LA ENERGIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 315 750

IBERDROLA ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 37 268,75

Global Maritime Consultancy Ltd.

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 133 125

DNV GL UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 116 500

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 402 750

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 671 787,50

KYMANER-TECNOLOGIAS ENERGETICAS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 579 000

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 359 788,75

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 459 750

IDOM CONSULTING, ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE S.A.U.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 401 228,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 654444

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 July 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 741 263,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 741 263,75

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain