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Demonstration & Deployment of a Commerical Scale Wave Energy Converter with an innovative Real Time Wave by Wave Tuning System

Objective

In the Atlantic arc from Iceland to Portugal, Europe has some of the best natural wave resources in the world; with the total potential European ocean wave power estimated to be in the range 150 -240 TWh per annum. The main barrier to wave energy expansion is the lack of a large, commercial-scale demonstration of the technology. In addition, the efficiency of devices is limited and needs to be improved. The WAVEPORT project aims to address this shortfall by demonstrating a large scale grid connected, 600kW peak generator rated, point absorber Wave Energy Converter - for which a smaller scale prototype has already been tested. WAVEPORT will also expedite the development of alternative devices by installing a ten port “open platform” 1.5MW rated underwater substation pod for the validation of future wave energy converters. To address the need for improved efficiency; a novel Real-Time Wave-by-Wave tuning system will be developed and demonstrated. Our aims are: - Reduce the capital infrastructure cost of the WEC device to less than €2000/kW by 2020. - Accelerate the development of a wavefarm site within the Santona site in Spain, to 90 MW by 2020 generating over 500 GWh per annum, offsetting approx 215,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum - Accelerate the development of European wave farms to 0.97 GW by 2020 generating over 6 TWh offsetting approx. 2.6 mT of CO2 per annum - Facilitating an “open platform” approach for utilities and WEC developers through the use of the Underwater Sub-Station Pod, further reducing the risks associated with investment in this technology - Reduce the cost of Wave energy generated electricity to 4.3 c€/kWh by 2020 - Improvement on the energy efficiency of wave energy devices by at least 35 % (loading factor to at least 75%) by utilising the Real-Time Wave-by-Wave tuning system. - Create 7600 jobs in the renewable energy sector over the period to 2020 by developing a European based wave energy industry worth €1.9 billion in cumulative sales.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity/marine energy/wave power

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-TREN-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Holdsworth (Mr.)

Participants (5)

WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Brito E Melo (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
DESARROLLO Y GESTION INDUSTRIAL Y DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE SA
Spain
Address
Avda. Juan Carlos I 2
39600 Maliaño
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Cantera (Mr.)
FUGRO OCEANOR AS
Norway
Address
Pier-senteret
N-7462 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Inger Marie Malvik (Ms.)
OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC CORPORATION
United States
Address
Reed Road
Pennington
Administrative Contact
Paul Jordan (Mr.)