WavEC - Offshore Renewables is involved in several projects with European and national funding. Below is an overview of the ongoing projects. In the section ARCHIVE you will find more projects that are already completed.
The offshore fish farming lack of solutions for underwater inspection and maintenance tasks that still rely on traditional diving methods with exposed human hazard. This human hazard can be reduced by using ROVs. However, the acquisition and operation costs of the work class ROVs are a limitation in the offshore fish farm sector, with no guarantee that the ROVs with the current manipulator arms can do the complex task with the high degree of dexterity required.
The DEMOGRAVI3 project is focused on the designing, building, assembling, transporting, installing and demonstrating a full scale foundation, equipped with a 2 MW offshore wind turbine, in a consented and grid connected demonstration site.
The HiWave “High Efficiency Wave Power” project is focused on the development of wave energy technology by the Swedish company Corpower.
The project has the objective to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the technology and includes tests at sea in scale 1:2 for protected areas and 1:1 scale in a more suitable area.
KRAKEN’s objective is to improve the performance level of the offshore IRM operations by completely avoiding the human hazard of using divers and to reduce significantly the costs of work class ROVs by using smaller inspection ROVs deployed from much smaller vessels at a fraction of the cost.
The objective of MARINERG-i is to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) sector. Its integrated nature and co-ordinated approach will accelerate the research development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and help maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry.
MaRINET 2 will ensure the continued integration and enhancement of all leading European research infrastructure and facilities specialising in research, development and testing of offshore renewable energy systems including electrical sub systems and grid integration through a range of TRLs (1-7).
The MERIKA project (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) aims to improve and consolidate the research profile and international position of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), located in Scotland’s outermost region.
OceaNET concerns floating offshore wind and wave energy. These two areas are well aligned with the European Energy Strategic Plan and the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims at contributing to develop specific technologies and enabling technologies common to both energy sources. The research activities are structured in a number of research projects, which will provide the opportunity for a set of young researchers to be trained in first class European research & development institutes, universities and companies active in these areas.
The OCEANIC project has the purpose of developing systems for surfaces protection to provide the Ocean Energy sector solutions to improve its reliability and project’s life time.
Pico OWC was built as the European Wave Energy Pilot Plant, co-funded by the EC, in order to demonstrate the technical viability of wave energy in a small Island grid. Since 2004, the plant is operated by WavEC. Furthermore it is the only infra-structure open for training, R&D, innovation and demonstration.
Delivering reliable and cost-effective technologies will be paramount to the ultimate commercial success of Europe’s ocean energy industry. The RECODE project aims to give answer to this challenge by developing a set of industry-enabling cost-effective components, specifically designed for reliable and sustainable delivery of ocean energy generation. The project will develop, demonstrate and validate standardized components that will contribute to lower ocean energy technology deployment costs and achieve long term costs reduction of ocean energy arrays components.
Among the various wave energy converter (WEC) technologies, oscillating water column (OWC) systems are one of the most promising for extracting energy from the ocean. Common OWC systems are based on self-rectifying bidirectional air turbines, such as Wells turbines. These turbines present inherent disadvantages such as lower efficiency at high flow coefficient and poor starting characteristics in comparison with conventional turbines. To overcome these drawbacks as well as to reduce the acoustic impact of the systems, TUPPERWAVE aims to design and validate at laboratory level a new concept of OWC converter.
WaveBoost aims at providing a step-change improvement to the reliability and performance of PTOs (Power-Take-Offs), by developing and validating an innovative braking module with a Cyclic Energy Recovery System (CERS).
WETFEET has the overall aim to understand and find solutions to the constraints of wave energy technology. In particular, the project seeks to identify the reasons that have been delaying the sector's progress and propose viable solutions to improve the overall performance of new technologies. It will address issues, such as reliability of technological components, survivability capacity of the devices, high development costs, long process for commercialization, as well as industrial scalability of tested technologies.