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Optimisation of Tidal energy Converter Arrays

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Organization address
city: FARO
postcode: 8005 139

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 Coordinator Country Portugal [PT]
 Project website
 Total cost 148˙635 €
 EC max contribution 148˙635 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2019-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE PT (FARO) coordinator 148˙635.00


 Project objective

As technology readiness level of Tidal Energy Converters (TECs) increases, moving from prototype demonstration to commercialisation, research efforts are focusing on TEC arrays layout optimisation to reduce costs and become competitive in comparison with other energy systems. Even though there are several prototypes of different scales that have been tested on the last years (mostly under controlled conditions) there is limited data on deployments in real conditions which negatively affects the accurate formulation of constrained problems on array schemes resulting on incomplete layout optimisation models. This project aims to provide a significant contribution towards the understanding of (a) the effects of TECs interactions with the environment; (b) the capabilities and limitations of common strategies used for the numerical modelling of TECs; and (c) how to mathematically formulate optimisation models to solve the TEC array layout problem considering technical, socio-economic and environmental constraints. From the methodology point of view, constraint optimisation models will be mathematically formulated considering ocean energy protocols, data collected from in-field measurements of prototypes tested in real environments and with surrogates built from validated numerical simulations. The outcomes of the project will contribute to improve common guidelines and standards for licensing tidal energy projects and de-risk financial investment. The Experienced Researcher (ER) will emerge from the project with an in-depth knowledge of tidal stream energy, training in mathematical optimisation and on new skills in data collection, increased competence on numerical modelling, and strong skills in research project management and coordination. This will grant him the capacity of achieving maturity as a researcher on ocean energy, a new emerging sector with great growth potential.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 C. Soares, A. Pacheco, F. Zabel, E. González-Goberña, C. Sequeira
Baseline assessment of underwater noise in the Ria Formosa
published pages: 110731, ISSN: 0025-326X, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110731
Marine Pollution Bulletin 150 2020-04-03
2018 A. Pacheco, E. Gorbeña, T.A. Plomaritis, E. Garel, J.M.S. Gonçalves, L. Bentes, P. Monteiro, C.M.L. Afonso, F. Oliveira, C. Soares, F. Zabel, C. Sequeira
Deployment characterization of a floatable tidal energy converter on a tidal channel, Ria Formosa, Portugal
published pages: 89-104, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/
Energy 158 2019-11-14
2019 C. Sequeira, A. Pacheco, P. Galego, E. Gorbeña
Analysis of the efficiency of wind turbine gearboxes using the temperature variable
published pages: 465-472, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2018.12.040
Renewable Energy 135 2019-11-14
2019 Johanne Tomine VARTDAL, Raad Yahya QASSIM, Børge MOKLIEV, Guttorm UDJUS, Eduardo GONZÁLEZ-GORBEÑA
Optimal configuration problem identification of electrical power cable in tidal turbine farm via traveling salesman problem modeling approach
published pages: 289-296, ISSN: 2196-5625, DOI: 10.1007/s40565-018-0472-7
Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy 7/2 2019-11-14
2018 Pacheco, A., Gorbeña, E., Plomaritis, T., & Sequeira, C.
Lessons learned from E1 Evopod Tidal Energy Converter deployment at Ria Formosa, Portugal.
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7th International Conference on Ocean Energy, Cherbourg, France 2019-11-14
2018 Eduardo González-Gorbeña, André Pacheco, Theocharis A. Plomaritis, Óscar Ferreira, Cláudia Sequeira
Estimating the optimum size of a tidal array at a multi-inlet system considering environmental and performance constraints
published pages: 292-311, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.204
Applied Energy 232 2019-11-14
2017 Eduardo González-Gorbeña, André Pacheco, Theocharis A. Plomaritis, Cláudia Sequeira
Assessing the Effects of Tidal Energy Converter Array Size on Hydrodynamics of Ria Formosa (Portugal)
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Proceedings of the12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Cork, Ireland 2019-11-14

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