CAMBRIDGE, UK The ETI announced a GBP 8 million project designed to make wave and tidal energy more competitive and unlock the potential of marine energy.
The GBP 8 million project is aimed at producing tools capable of accurately estimating the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy.
Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems (PerAWaT), a project led by Garrad Hassan, and including EDF Energy, EON, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Oxford, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Manchester will develop a series of models to predict the performance of wave and tidal stream generator arrays.
ETI Chief Executive Dr David Clarke said:“This project will deliver greatly improved modelling tools to provide more accurate forecasting of energy yields and reduce the uncertainty and investment risk faced by project developers when planning large scale wave and tidal energy schemes.”
“It will build on existing knowledge to accelerate the development of sophisticated tools that will become essential as the marine energy industry matures.”
According to Dr David Clarke, no single company or university would be capable of doing this work alone, and the ETI has played a key role in bringing together a consortium of experts to deliver this critical work.
Garrad Hassan Marine Renewables Group Leader Dr Robert Rawlinson-Smith added that this project would both establish and validate numerical models capable of predicting the performance of wave and tidal energy converters (WECs and TECs) when operating in arrays.
“Once established, the models will enhance levels of confidence in the design of WEC and TEC arrays and therefore accelerate their large scale deployment.
By accelerating deployment rates the project will directly address the ETI Marine Programme outcome goal of increasing deployment to 2GW by 2020 and 30GW by 2050.”
There is currently no software package or validated method of estimating the average annual energy production of a wave or tidal stream energy farm.
The ETI's six private members are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The UK Government has committed to match support for four further Members.