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Development of cost-effective, water based power take-off system for marine energy applications

Development of cost-effective, water based power take-off system for marine energy applications

Objective

The group of SME participants in the AQUAGEN project aims to address a major market opportunity by developing a power take-off (PTO) system targeted at marine energy applications, with the potential to significantly improved reliability and efficiency of around 20%, and with less 25% of O&M costs, when compared with currently available solutions. Since it is a water-based PTO system, the risks of oil leaks in the ocean will also be fully eliminated. The system and components developed will have a broad range of applications, from wave energy, as the main application area, to water desalinization and small hydro power generation, and will therefore benefit a European value chain of SMEs specialised in engineering and green energy generation. To achieve our objectives, we need to develop new scientific knowledge in: design of innovative system components such as a variable speed generator, an adaptative blade turbine, elastomeric structures and the overall hydraulic system; protective coatings for marine environments; modeling the ageing of elastomeric structures; and wireless controlled monitoring of offshore moving equipment. Due to the technical challenges of testing the system, there was a conscious decision to hold the activities of AQUAGEN during a 39 month period. Whilst the SMEs form a supply chain for the manufacture of the ultimate PTO system we have neither the facilities nor the resources to undertake the necessary R&D. The Research for SMEs funding instrument provides the ideal solution, allowing us to outsource the R&D to four RTD Performers – VP, NTNU, UM and CMG. The Foreground Intellectual Property (FIP) generated in the AQUAGEN project will be owned and exploited by the SMEs, envisaging several market segments and a geographical distribution of non-exclusive licenses for markets outside Europe. If the project meets its targets the SMEs will benefit from sales and licensing of the FIP to several millions of €'s.

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Address

Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Administrative Contact

Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)

Participants (9)

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IT Power Ltd

United Kingdom

DEXA Wave Energy ApS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 278 458,24

VIRTUALPIE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 415,39

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal

CHECKMATE FLEXIBLE ENGINEERING LLP

United Kingdom

NORSISTEMAS - SISTEMAS INFORMATICOSDE GESTAO LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 107 774

GILBERT GILKES & GORDON LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 493 229

BHR GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 34 462

FLOATING POWER PLANT AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 728 611,97

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262315

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 346 533,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 736 950,60

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece