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Demonstration of a 1-MW wave energy converter integrated in an offshore wind turbine farm

Objective

The aim is to develop and install a pre-commercial wave energy converter (WEC) of 1MW power, the WAVESTAR C6-1000 device, with main targets the device industrialization and the demonstration of wind and wave energy applications. The utility company Parkwind, which develops, builds and operates wind farms in the North Sea, is committed to the achievement of WAVESTAR’s next development stage. Parkwind provides the installation site with grid connection for the first full-scale WAVESTAR WEC, located within a Belgian offshore wind farm. The UPWAVE project consortium has been developed through the establishment of strong synergies and partnerships, by bringing together key European industrial players and European universities represented by wave energy experts whose overall objectives focus on:

1) Reduction of the device’s cost by introducing new design, components and materials. Cost optimization is achieved through new methods on deployment, installation, operation and maintenance.

2) Improvement of the energy efficiency by developing a more advanced Power Take Off based on a second generation digital hydraulic system and innovative control strategy.

3) Integration of wave energy converters in wind farms by considering the interaction between wave and wind devices in terms of operation, cost reduction and maximization of environmental benefits.

Public research programs, industrial cooperation and technology transfer from the offshore industry (offshore wind, oil and gas) ensure the development of manufacturing processes, automation and optimisation of the WAVESTAR C6-1000 WEC. New certificates and standards will be made available for the wave energy industry. After the completion of the UPWAVE project, the cost of wave energy will be significantly reduced to a level in line with the cost of offshore wind energy (around 15 c€/kWh). The WAVESTAR C6-1000 demonstrator device will lead to a commercial WEC and a hybrid renewable energy device (wind and wave).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

WAVE STAR AS
Address
Alsion 2
6400 Sonderborg
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 11 775 225

Participants (8)

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 359 246,25
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 394 577,50
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 277 305
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PARKWIND
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 277 640
Address
Sint-maartenstraat 5
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 706 183,63
Address
Avenue Antoine Bourdelle
44600 Saint Nazaire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
EU contribution
€ 688 000
Address
Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Research Organisations
JAN DE NUL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 4 917 150
Address
Tragel 60
9308 Hofstade Aalst
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DNV GL UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 327 162,50
Address
30 Stamford Street 4Th Floor
SE1 9LQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)