CORES - Components for Ocean Renewable Energy Systems

CORES, Components for Ocean Renewable Energy Systems was a 7FP RTD project with funding from the European Commission. This project was coordinated by Hydraulics & Maritime Research Centre of the University College Cork.

The main objective of CORES was to create a wave to wire modelling “Toolbox” which would allow developers to evaluate the effect of changes in device components on the performance and economics. This Toolbox consisted of a number of numerical models or “tools” developed within the individual Work Packages (air turbine, electrical and controls, moorings) that would be validated through laboratory scale testing using the floating OWC pilot plant, the OEBuoy, developed by the Irish company Ocean Energy, installed at sea in Galway Bay Test Site (Ireland). The project concentrated its activities on the development of new device concepts and components for power-take-off, control, moorings, risers, data acquisition and instrumentation based on floating OWC systems.

WavEC’s role

The WavEC’s role in this project was to develop a wave-to-wire model applied to the numerical simulation of the OEbuoy performance equipped with an impulse air turbine and to integrate the sub-models developed in the other WP’s into a toolbox.

General Information

Funding: 7ºPQ RTD EU
Team Coordinator: Ana Brito e Melo
Total Funding: € 3 449 559,40
WavEC Funding: € 284 880,00
Duration: 01 April 2008 - 30 September 2011 (36 months)
Coordinator: University College Cork
Other partners: Aalborg Universitet, Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna, Fundacion Robotiker, Institut für Solare Energieversorgunstechnik E.V., Instituto Superior Técnico, Kymaner Tecnologias Energéticas Lda., Marine Computation Services Ltd., Ocean Energy Ltd., Queen’s University Belfast, University of Exeter, University of Limerick, and WavEC.