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Tidal Turbine Power Take-Off Accelerator

Objective

In this project we will design, build and test an innovative Direct Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) solution for tidal turbines.

The consortium’s aim in this project is to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20%, demonstrated by accelerated life testing of a next-generation tidal turbine power take-off (PTO) solution. Project outputs will be independently verified, and will enable:

1. Improved performance: 20% Lifetime Cost of Energy improvement over a conventional PTO
2. Improved reliability: extending service intervals from less than 1 year to over 2 years
3. Verified survivability: PTO design lifetime greater than 20 years

The results will be disseminated and exploited to maximise the benefit of this project to the ocean energy sector, and to raise investor and market confidence in the emerging tidal energy industry.

In order to verify the technology, we will conduct accelerated onshore and in-sea testing of a prototype PTO and achieve third party validation of the design and the test results. In parallel we will develop a commercialisation strategy for selling and licensing the product to tidal energy technology developers, and explore potential uses outside the tidal sector, such as wave power and marine propulsion.

The project is led by Nova Innovation, a world-leading tidal energy technology and project developer. Project partners are: SKF, Siemens, The University of Edinburgh, Delft Technical University, Wood Group and the Center for Wind Power Drives RWTH Aachen University.

This proposal is being submitted to the call LCE-07-2016-2017: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling, and is perfectly aligned with the scope of the call: to increase the performance and reliability of ocean energy subsystems.
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Coordinator

NOVA INNOVATION LTD

Address

45 Timber Bush
Eh6 6qh Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 2 517 208,75

Participants (6)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 539 337,50

SKF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 461,25

SIEMENS PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 240 764

WOOD GROUP FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 225 560

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 287 890

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 261 343,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727793

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 401 565,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 401 565,25

Coordinated by:

NOVA INNOVATION LTD

United Kingdom