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Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost

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Project "OPERA" data sheet

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Coordinator
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION 

Organization address
address: PARQUE CIENTIFICO Y TECNOLOGICO DE BIZKAIA, ASTONDO BIDEA, EDIFICIO 700
city: DERIO BIZKAIA
postcode: 48160
website: www.tecnalia.com

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website http://www.opera-h2020.eu
 Total cost 5˙741˙263 €
 EC max contribution 5˙741˙263 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.3.2.4. (Develop geothermal, hydro, marine and other renewable energy options)
2. H2020-EU.3.3.2.2. (Develop efficient, reliable and cost-competitive solar energy systems)
3. H2020-EU.3.3.2.1. (Develop the full potential of wind energy)
 Code Call H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2019-07-31

 Partnership

Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION ES (DERIO BIZKAIA) coordinator 1˙096˙687.00
2    OCEANTEC ENERGIAS MARINAS SL ES (DERIO) participant 747˙252.00
3    THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK (EXETER) participant 671˙787.00
4    KYMANER-TECNOLOGIAS ENERGETICAS LDA PT (LISBOA) participant 579˙000.00
5    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK IE (Cork) participant 459˙750.00
6    BISCAY MARINE ENERGY PLATFORM SA ES (LEMOIZ) participant 420˙375.00
7    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) participant 402˙750.00
8    IDOM CONSULTING, ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE S.A.U. ES (BILBAO) participant 401˙228.00
9    INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PT (LISBOA) participant 359˙788.00
10    ENTE VASCO DE LA ENERGIA ES (BILBAO) participant 315˙750.00
11    Global Maritime Consultancy Ltd. UK (London) participant 133˙125.00
12    DNV GL UK LIMITED UK (LONDON) participant 116˙500.00
13    IBERDROLA ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION UK LIMITED UK (BLANTYRE GLASGOW) participant 37˙268.00

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 Project objective

Europe is endowed with abundant wave energy which could cover some 10% of its electricity needs with a clean, predictable and job-creating resource, which EU companies are at the forefront exploiting with little dependence on foreign suppliers.

There remain important technical challenges to bring down costs to within investors’ reach, as a top priority open-sea operating experience must be analysed to permit the focus of R&D efforts on identifying and solving problems uncovered in open-sea deployments. However, to this day, most wave energy R&D does not have access to open-sea operating data as they are not shared by the companies that sponsored open-sea tests.

OPERA will remove this roadblock by collecting and sharing two years of open-sea operating data of a floating oscillating water column wave energy converter. In addition the project will be the first open-sea deployment for four cost-reducing innovations that will be advanced from TRL3-4 to TRL5. Together, these four innovations have a long-term cost reduction potential of over 50%. These are: a 50% more efficient turbine, latching and predictive control, a shared mooring system for wave energy similar to those that have reduced mooring costs 50% in aquaculture, and an elastomeric mooring tether that reduces peak loads at the hull-mooring connection 70% and thus addresses one of the most pressing challenges for structural survivability of wave energy devices.

Documenting and sharing this open-sea experience will also induce a step-change in our knowledge of risk and uncertainties, costs and societal and environmental impacts of wave energy. The consortium brings together world leaders in wave energy research from four European countries and the IPR owner and most advanced teams to exploit each of these innovations.

Last but not least, the project brings national in-cash co-financing of over €2 million to directly fund the open-sea testing.

 Deliverables

List of deliverables.
Fault ride-through demonstrator Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-25 17:23:35
Extending wave energy converter power quality dataset Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:34
Recommendations for WEC mooring guidelines and standards Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:34
Uncertainty in wave energy converter power performance assessment Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:34
Mooring open-sea operating data analysis Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:35
Shoreline OWC wave power plant control algorithms Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:33
Data management plan (final version) Open Research Data Pilot 2020-02-25 17:23:33
Evaluation of dissemination and communication activities (update) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:33
Plan for dissemination and communication (final version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:33
Operating data input for models of levelised and society cost and life cycle assessment for wave energy Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:33
Turbine and electrical equipment performance and reliability in shoreline OWC wave plant Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:31
Operational model for offshore operation for wave energy converters Other 2020-02-25 17:23:32
Evaluation of dissemination and communication activities (first version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Plan for dissemination and communication (first version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:29
Data management plan (first version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Plan for dissemination and communication (update) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Data management plan (update) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Communication material (final version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Dedicated project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-25 17:23:29
Wave energy measurement methodologies for IEC/TS Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:29
Turbine-generator set laboratory tests in variable unidirectional flow Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Communication material (first version) Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:30
Tracking metrics for wave energy technology performance Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:35
Recommendations to TC114 from real-case applications of wave energy technical specifications Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:23:35

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of OPERA deliverables.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 François-Xavier Faÿ, João C. Henriques, James Kelly, Markus Mueller, Moahammad Abusara, Wanan Sheng, Marga Marcos
Comparative assessment of control strategies for the biradial turbine in the Mutriku OWC plant
published pages: 2766-2784, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.08.074
Renewable Energy 146 2020-02-25
2020 François-Xavier Faÿ, Eider Robles, Marga Marcos, Endika Aldaiturriaga, Eduardo F. Camacho
Sea trial results of a predictive algorithm at the Mutriku Wave power plant and controllers assessment based on a detailed plant model
published pages: 1725-1745, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.07.129
Renewable Energy 146 2020-02-25
2019 Tianna Bloise Thomaz, David Crooks, Encarni Medina-Lopez, Leonore van Velzen, Henry Jeffrey, Joseba Lopez Mendia, Raul Rodriguez Arias, Pablo Ruiz Minguela
O&M Models for Ocean Energy Converters: Calibrating through Real Sea Data
published pages: 2475, ISSN: 1996-1073, DOI: 10.3390/en12132475
Energies 12/13 2020-02-25
2017 João C.C. Henriques, João M. Lemos, Luís Eça, Luís M.C. Gato, António F.O. Falcão
A high-order Discontinuous Galerkin Method with mesh refinement for optimal control
published pages: 70-82, ISSN: 0005-1098, DOI: 10.1016/j.automatica.2017.07.029
Automatica 85 2020-02-25
2018 T. Gordelier, D. Parish, P.R. Thies, S. Weller, P. Davies, P.Y. Le Gac, L. Johanning
Assessing the performance durability of elastomeric moorings: Assembly investigations enhanced by sub-component tests
published pages: 411-424, ISSN: 0029-8018, DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.02.014
Ocean Engineering 155 2020-02-25
2016 J.C.C. Henriques, J.C.C. Portillo, L.M.C. Gato, R.P.F. Gomes, D.N. Ferreira, A.F.O. Falcão
Design of oscillating-water-column wave energy converters with an application to self-powered sensor buoys
published pages: 852-867, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.06.054
Energy 112 2020-02-25

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