Ten developers to get support packages in Ocean DEMO's 2nd call

The HydroWing structure. Source: HydroWing

April 1 (Renewables Now) - A total of ten offshore renewable energy developers have received recommendations for support under the second call for applications of the EUR-13-million (USD 14.2m) Ocean DEMO programme.

The project, which is funded by Interreg North West Europe, in turn part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides a selection of developers with free access to open sea test sites. The goal is to help accelerate the transition in the industry from single prototype to multi-device farms.

Among the second call winners are a few floating wind specialists such as EOLink, which will get a support package to operate a 5-MW floating wind demonstrator at the SEM-REV site in France, and TFI, which will demonstrate a new elastomeric mooring component for floating wind at SmartBay in Ireland. Also, Ideol will be able to monitor the mooring lines and umbilical systems of its own floating wind turbine at SEM-REV.

Wave energy developers AWS Ocean and WaveRam will be deploying their devices at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland and SmartBay, respectively, while Nautricity will get the chance to redeploy its CoRMaT tidal device at EMEC.

Meanwhile, Dublin Offshore Consulting will test a scaled version of the Load Reduction Device on a mooring line at SmartBay and Pytheas Technology has been chosen to test a Power Take-Off (PTO) at SEM-REV. Also there, Hydrogroup will demonstrate its quick release connector.

Last but not least, HydroWing will deploy the first scaled demonstrator of its namesake device at EMEC. This UK-based firm, previously known as Inyanga-Tech, teamed up with tidal platform developer QED Naval Ltd in February 2020 to establish a European joint venture that involved the acquisition of Dutch tidal turbine maker Tocardo. Through the JV, the trio plans to introduce a combination of their technologies in new projects starting this year.

The HydroWind solution comprises a single permanent gravity based structure with up to three retrievable wings holding three to five small turbines of 100-200 kW, according to a scheme available on its website.

“This testing period will allow the demonstration of the HydroWing’s cost, O&M and power reliability advantages and open the door to a pipeline of larger scale HydroWing deployments in the coming years,” commented Bevan Wray, project engineer at HydroWing.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.094)

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