Offshore Test Station (KIC-OTS) project is a technology market driven project which has been created in the framework of KIC-Innoenergy, a company funded by the EC European Institute of Technology (EIT). The objective of the KIC-OTS project is to develop a number of products and services directed at the current and future needs of the Offshore Renewable energy farms. The technological development targets specific enabling technologies – products and services that are not part of the energy conversion chain itself but are essential for the offshore farms. The aim is to have several products and services being developed so that they are introduced in the market by the end of 2014. Being innovative, mature and IP protected products, and being directed at the actual needs of the market, these products should be able to reach the it in a good to position to be winners in the future offshore renewable energy industry. These are some of the details of the projects currently being developed.
Prod. 1 - Systems for environmental monitoring of disturbances and their impact on marine life. (WavEC, Uppsala University, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya) This product aims to develop a system that can monitor several environmental parameters, important to offshore energy parks, and transmit their data wirelessly to land. The physical acquisition of data is complemented by an acoustic modeling tool that enables a 3D mapping of sound propagation from a given point. The aim is to design and assemble a long term autonomous tool that can provide high quality, long term environmental data in real time, or near real time to shore. The product will also be designed to be as low cost as possible in order to contribute for a lower cost of park monitoring on the medium/long term.
Prod. 2 – Underwater electrical connections with ROV tools (partners Uppsala University, WavEC, BlueEdge, IST and Tecnalia) – The aim of this project is to develop a tool using Remotely Operated Vehicles that is able to perform the connection of electrical cables underwater, targeted at offshore wind and wave farms. Although this type of connections can be done by divers in shallow water cases, it is foreseen that in the future, the depth and the number of connections to be perform will imply the usage of ROVs with specific tools which will have to become standard in order to be economically efficient.
Funding: KIC Innoenergy
Team Coordinators: Teresa Simas (P1), Miguel Lopes (P2) and Marco Alves (P4)
Total Funding: Variable (depends on product performance)