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Technology Advancement of Ocean energy devices through Innovative Development of Electrical systems to increase performance and reliability

Objective

Life cycle cost of electricity generated by marine renewable technologies is determined by multiple factors including energy production capability, capital costs, and operating and maintenance (O&M) costs, as well as multiple other logistical, permitting, environmental, and finance cost factors. ORPC’s direct experience has been that operating and maintenance costs are dominant in the cost structure. It is clear that for marine renewable energy systems to be commercially viable they must demonstrate exceptionally high reliability and availability. ORPC is now addressing these cost, efficiency and reliability issues in order to achieve commercial status. This Project is a critical next step in commercialization of ORPC’s hydrokinetic power system technology for the European market. Ultimate Project goals are to develop a complete power transfer system from prime mover to electrical grid with normal maintenance intervals of greater than five years, and availability of greater than 98%. Intermediate goals are to deliver a system with design maintenance intervals of greater than five years, and availability greater than 96%. The projects primary objectives are listed below:
1. Develop wet gap electrical generator design capable of operating in seawater flooded condition
2. Develop advanced bearings and seal designs for hydrokinetic machines
3. Develop and implement control strategies to maximize power output and power quality for multiple prime mover designs
4. Develop and implement advanced health monitoring system
5. Validate the system design work by integrated full scale lab testing of system
6. Integrate these components into a baseline ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and assess associated economic improvements
7. Disseminate Project results and findings
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

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Western Road
T12 Yn60 Cork

Ireland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 877 187,50

Participants (4)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 402 750

SKF (U.K) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 281 112,50

ORPC IRELAND LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 1 330 848,75

LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 345 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727465

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 237 773,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 237 773,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland