The DTOcean project aims to accelerate industrial development of ocean energy by providing shared-access design tools for the first and subsequent generations of wave and tidal energy converter arrays. This overriding goal can be specified further into three major objectives:
-The development of a full suite of whole-system software design tools to enable the design, development and installation of wave and tidal energy converter arrays in a cost effective, timely and environmentally appropriate manner.
-The application of the DTOcean array design tools developed during the project, for the strategic identification of enabling technologies (such as for the optimisation of resource analysis, installation methods or control procedures) to reduce deployment costs and increase the performance of ocean energy arrays.
-To provide the wave and tidal energy sector, and its stakeholders, with well validated guidelines for accelerating decisions by means of reducing risks and uncertainties.
The University of Edimburgh (UEDIN) is the coordinator of the DTOcean project that brings 18 organizations together. In this context, WavEC Offshore Renewable is responsible for the development of a model to design optimal lifecycle logistic solutions of ocean energy arrays. WavEC Offshore Renewable will also contribute to the development of algorithms for the economic assessment of the grid infrastructure, the moorings and foundations, the manufacturing, the installation and the O&M of ocean energy arrays.
Funding: FP7 ENERGY-2013
Project coordinator: Henry Jeffrey, University of Edimburgh
WavEC coordinator: Miguel Lopes
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 4 178 231.55
WavEC Funding: € 295 523.20
Duration: 01 October 2013 – 01 October 2016 (36 months)
Partners: The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN, UK), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TECNALIA, Spain), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung (E.V Fraunhofer, Germany), University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC, Ireland), The University of Exeter (UNEXE, UK), Aalborg Universitet (AAU, Denmark), Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsintituit (AS MRTK, Norway), Wave Energy Centre - Centro de Energia das Ondas (WavEC, Portugal), Association de Préfiguration de L’institu D’excellence des Energies Décarbonées IEED, France Energies Marines (FEM, France), Iberdrola Renovables Energia SA (Iberdrola Renovables, Spain), Vattenfall AB (Vzttenfall, Sweden), Deme Blue Energy NV (DBE, Belgium), Prysmian Cables y Sistemas SA (Prysmian, Spain), Tension Technology International Limited (TTI Ltd, UK), IT Power Ltd (IT Power, UK), Sandia Corporation (Sandia national Labo USA), Joint Research Centre – European Commission (JRC, Belgium) and European Ocean Energy Association (EU OEA, Belgium)