Great news for TfI Marine as Wave Energy Scotland have selected our Gator Power Take-Off (PTO) project to progress into stage 2 of its competitive call for novel wave energy converter devices.
Developed with our partners Exceedence, University of Strathclyde, MaREI UCC, and Pelagic Innovation, the Gator project aims to design, prototype, and test a novel polymer ‘spring pump’ capable of pumping significant quantities of water at moderate pressures through conventional hydro-electric turbines. As this innovative non-linear pump does not require any seals, it is designed for tens of million compression cycles and can be implemented in a system with very low maintenance requirements.
We at TfI Marine are delighted and excited to move forward with the Gator PTO project, and look forward to continuing work on it. Keep an eye on our website over the coming months for updates and more information on its progress.
The €11m FORESEA project brings together Europe’s leading ocean energy test facilities to help demonstration of tidal, wave and offshore wind energy technologies in real-sea conditions. The project is funded by the Interreg NWE (North-West Europe) programme, part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project will provide funding support to ocean energy technology developers to access Europe’s world-leading ocean energy test facilities:
- EMEC (Orkney Islands, UK)
- SmartBay (Galway, Ireland)
- SEM-REV (Nantes, France)
- Tidal Testing Centre (Den Oever, Netherlands)
Commenting on the project launch, Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries said: “This programme shows the added value of European cooperation. If we are to help ocean energy on a path towards commercialisation, countries as well as companies will have to work together to overcome joint challenges. The European Commission is encouraging this kind of cooperation, for example through the Ocean Energy Forum as well as programmes such as this one.”
The first call for applicants to apply for support packages is scheduled to be announced later this month.
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The EU-funded Floating Tidal Energy Commercialization (FloTEC) project is expected to advance Scotrenewables’ 2 MW floating tidal turbine technology, the SR2000, while reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of floating tidal energy.
The project will cover several aspects such as advanced standard power conversion technology as already used in offshore wind, more economical manufacturing, and integrated energy storage, according to Marco Thoma, Head of Global Marketing and Sales at ABB.
ABB is one of FloTEC project partners, led by Scotrenewables Tidal Power, in addition to other industrial and research organisations including DP Energy, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), EireComposites, TfI Marine, University College Cork, and SKF.
Marco Thoma said: “One aspect that’s being looked into is to reduce costs by moving the electrical equipment, which is currently installed in the hull of the floating turbine, onshore.
“We expect that by installing the electrical equipment, such as converter and switchgear onshore, the structure of the hull can be simplified, and installation and maintenance costs can be significantly lowered. This is just one part of the project, which will deliver a number of innovations to reduce the cost of tidal energy.”
The plan is that the 2 MW prototype of the tidal turbine, the SR2000-M2, will be installed alongside Scotrenewables’ SR2000 turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site in Orkney, where the 4 MW floating tidal array will serve as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy, according to ABB.
Thoma added ABB will provide engineering services and simulation studies that will focus on an optimal design of the electrical drivetrain and the connection to the grid to ensure lowest LCoE and grid code compliance.
As reported earlier, the European Commission’s research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, backed the FloTEC project with €10 million in February this year.