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September 2016 Issue
Tidal Turbines Get Green
Light in Bay of Fundy
The main obstacle to tidal power turbines in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, has been cleared this summer with the approval of the proposed Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) and Cape Sharp Tidal Venture test platforms and monitoring program. It was the last hurdle for Cape Sharp Tidal Venture before deploying two 2-MW turbines in the Bay of Fundy for research purposes.
FORCE is a test center for in-stream tidal energy technology providing developers with a shared observation facility, submarine cables, grid connection and environmental monitoring on its leased site in the Minas Passage.
Ocean Energy Power
Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, has selected ORPC Ireland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean Renewable Power Co., to enter the grant agreement process for a project to advance the performance and reliability of ocean energy technology electrical systems by developing a more robust power transfer system from prime mover to electric grid.
Lab testing will be conducted at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour, Ireland, to validate system improvements to a full-scale ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and the associated economics.
Cape Cod Canal Seabed
Survey for Tidal Site
To understand the Cape Cod Canal seabed at a tidal test site to be installed this fall, scientists from UMass Dartmouth went out in their 23-ft. Robalo power boat and lowered the Inshore Pyramid Camera to take seafloor video at more than 100 stations near and around a railroad bridge.
The photographs will be analyzed to determine what types of organisms, plants and fish are present, as well as the type of material on the bottom (e.g., sand, silt, mud or gravel). This information will be used to determine the best spot to place the structure that will hold the experimental turbines. The survey will be repeated after turbine testing to determine if there is any impact on the ecosystem.
A second survey by Teledyne RD Instruments and 3-D WaterCube mapped the water flows and velocities near the railroad bridge using a remotely operated surface vehicle, O-Boat, equipped with a Teledyne ADCP. O-Boat can survey the water column looking for “sweet spots” where the water turbulence is particularly energetic for a potential tidal test structure.
WaveRoller Tech Gets
Lloyd’s Register has awarded its first Technology Qualification certificate to a developer of ocean energy technology, AW-Energy in Finland.
AW-Energy has been developing WaveRoller technology for over 15 years, and the engineering team, since early 2014, has cooperated with Lloyd’s Register on the Technology Qualification process for certification.
WaveRoller is a nearshore wave energy converter, mounted to the seabed with a panel that oscillates with the wave surge.
Permission for Construction
Of German Wind Farm
E.ON and Statoil gave the green light to the construction of the 385-MW Arkona Becken Südost wind farm, 35 km northeast of the island of Rügen in Germany. The use of seismic surface surveys made it possible to remain on schedule for this €1.2 billion project despite changes to the wind farm design—60 turbines instead of 80 because of the switch to the larger 6-MW class—without the need for further post-surveys.
By working up a 3D model of the seabed based on these seismic data, experts at Fraunhofer IWES were instrumental in getting the design of the wind farm approved.
The €11 million FORESEA program opened its first call for support package applications. Successful applicants will receive free access to test ocean energy technologies in real sea conditions at the project’s network of open-sea test centers. The program is funded through Interreg NWE, part of the European Regional Development Fund.
The FORESEA project aims to help enterprises test and demonstrate low-carbon energy technologies in real sea environments at the following test infrastructures: European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Orkney Islands, UK; SEM-REV, Nantes, France; SmartBay, Galway, Ireland; and Tidal Testing Centre, Den Oever, Netherlands.
The call for applications is open to parties who wish to deploy their technology for testing before June 2018. Preference will be given to technologies ready for deployment in 2016 and early 2017. The deadline is September 21.
EOWDC to Research
The go-ahead has been given for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen.
The EOWDC project plan includes a budget of €3 million, partly funded by the EU, for research on the environmental effects of wind farm development and operation, with an emphasis on providing robust science on priority areas of uncertainty.
Service for Tidal Power
A consortium has completed the Scottish government-funded Turbulence in Marine Environments (TiME) project, partly funded by the Scottish Government Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) Array Technology Innovation Programme and administered by the Carbon Trust. TiME set out to develop a framework for measuring, classifying and predicting the effect of turbulence on resource assessment, device design/operation and array yield.
The project collected turbulence data at two commercially relevant Scottish tidal power sites, the Sound of Jura and the Inner Sound, and demonstrated a practical and efficient end-to-end process for measuring, characterizing and simulating the effect of site-specific turbulence.
The consortium behind the project comprised Partrac, ABPmer, Ocean Array Systems and ITPower, in association with technology supplier Rockland Scientific.
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