Ocean energy: The next big thing in energy

By SalM on March 31, 2020 in Other News Articles

The oceans are the world’s largest untapped source of renewable energy. Tidal stream technologies, wave energy converters and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) are all types of ocean energy. Ocean energy technologies – wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion – convert the power in our seas to produce electricity. Ocean energy can provide 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs by 2050 and is all set to become a new European industry. That’s enough to power 94 million households per year.

100GW of ocean energy in Europe by 2050 will have huge economic benefits.

Find out more on oceanenergy-europe.eu

ETIP Ocean & DTOceanPlus webinar: Structured Innovation

By SalM on March 26, 2020 in Other News Articles

The H2020 funded DTOceanPlus project is developing a Structured Innovation design tool for concept creation, selection, and design of ocean energy systems. It supports the decision-making of several user types, including technology developers, public funders, and investors, intended to provoke innovation and to help represent the voice of the stakeholders through the design process, manage risk and therefore produce new concepts for ocean energy systems.

Despite their success in other sectors, the processes within the Structured Innovation design tool have yet to be implemented in the ocean energy sector. Without such an approach, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to objectively create and analyse innovative technologies, and compare competing technologies.
The tool will allow the designer to understand the logical “art of the possible” when considering the design targets, which is critical to the success of the design, and commercial realisation. The art of the possible rather than the state-of-the-art considers ideality of devices or processes only limited by physics (e.g., Betz limit, yield strength) and extreme conditions to provoke new concepts.

Led by the Energy Systems Catapult, the project representatives will describe the general concepts of the Structured innovation design tool, its practical implementation, and future work.

Presenters: Inès Tunga and Mo Abrahams.

Register here.

OEE Stats Report 2019 is out!

By SalM on March 24, 2020 in Other News Articles

Europe is still leading the TidalEnergy pack in terms of capacity and technology. Revenue support in other parts of the world is opening up projects – most using European technology – and boosting the overall global capacity

2019 was another busy year for wave energy developers, with several new devices hitting the water, while tidal stream installations slowed as developers gear up for pilot farm deployments in 2020.

Power generation from Europe’s pilot tidal stream farms went up a gear, with exports to the grid up 50% on 2018 figures.

Three full-scale devices were deployed in Europe in 2019 as part of demonstration projects. The tidal turbines deployed by the Swedish developer Minesto and French outfit CMN HydroQuest are both high-capacity (> 500 kW) devices oriented towards utility-scale markets. Also hailing from France, Guinard’s smaller tidal turbine is aimed at the community energy market.

These newcomers have opted for unconventional designs, such as tidal ‘kites’ and funnel-shaped casings to accelerate tidal flows, which can efficiently harvest tidal energy in areas with medium or low resources.

Find out more on www.oceanenergy-europe.eu.

Aquaculture Europe event planned in 2021

By SalM on March 23, 2020 in Other News Articles

Musica Project stakeholders might be interested in this event: #AquacultureEurope

Aquaculture Europe 2020 will not take place this year, but EAS will organise events in both Cork and Madeira in 2021.

The EAS Board of Directors have decided that our Aquaculture Europe 2020 event cannot go ahead as planned in Cork from September 29 to October 2 this year. There will therefore be no Aquaculture Europe event this year. However, to maintain our commitment to our chosen locations, delegates, exhibitors and attendees, EAS will organise two events in 2021. AE2020 in Cork, Ireland from April 12-15 and AE2021 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 6 months later from October 5-8.

More information will soon be available on their web site concerning the programme for each event and sessions for online abstract submission.

Find out more on aquaeas.org

TENDER CALL FOR TIDAL ENERGY DEVELOPERS

By SalM on March 19, 2020 in Other News Articles

The Selkie Project is inviting tidal energy developer companies to tender their services to validate the tools developed during the project.

The pilot projects will have three stages:

  • The selected companies will work alongside the Selkie team to ensure the Selkie tools are fit for purpose and then to use the tools in application to the pilot project.
  • The pilot company will undertake trials that are necessary to validate the Selkie tools (within the allocated timescale and budget).
  • There will be a period of post pilot data analysis and review, to show how the pilot device was performing and to establish the potential of the tools to progress the industry.

Find out more on marineenergywales.co.uk.

SELKIE is a cross-border project which is bringing together leading researchers and businesses to improve the performance of marine energy devices and technologies. University College Cork are leading the project in partnership with Marine Energy Wales, Menter Môn, Swansea University, DP Energy Ireland and Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions. The project is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

Fish, a matter of scales – A Blue-Cloud demonstrator

By SalM on March 16, 2020 in Other News Articles

The Blue-Cloud demonstrator on fisheries is a good opportunity to get to know our five demonstrators better. It already uses Virtual Research Environments (VREs), and many services can already be used and tested.  The demonstrator “Fish, a matter of scales” uses the Blue-Cloud infrastructure to deliver services for and with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the French National Research Institute and the Institute of Computer Science at FORTH.

This demonstrator builds upon years of experience in developing data services for fisheries, matured especially during the previous iMarine and BlueBRIDGE initiatives.

These are the main goals on the horizon for this Blue-Cloud demonstrator:

  • Improve the FAO Tuna Atlas VRE and build on this experience to develop the Fisheries Atlas as a vertically integrated toolset for managing the entire life cycle of public statistical data on fisheries, from ingestion, through harmonisation, to publication.
  • Expand the Global Record of Stocks and Fisheries (GRSF) with more status assessments of stocks and fisheries, include data from the Fisheries Atlas and from other EOSC domains such as the recently funded Food Cloud project.

Find out more on www.blue-cloud.org

EU islands: Identify your energy transition needs in the survey

By SalM on March 9, 2020 in Other News Articles

The EU Islands Facility – NESOI has launched a survey to help to unlock the potential of EU islands to become the locomotives of European Energy Transition by mobilising more than 100 M€ of investment in sustainable energy projects.

Are you representing a Local Authority, an energy company or an energy project developer active on islands? This H2020 project is asking all islands in Europe to help assess their needs to implement energy transition solutions on their territory!

The EU Islands Facility #NESOIsurvey will help to understand islands’ energy challenges, projects’ readiness and assistance requirements. For this, the NESOI team need to identify:

  • the challenges you face in implementing energy transition solutions,
  • your energy transition priorities,
  • the advancement stage of your projects,
  • and the kind of technical assistance you may need.

The results will support the finetuning of the NESOI Technical Assistance solutions that help islands to develop successful partnerships with investors across Europe.

The NESOI survey is structured along two sections:

  • SECTION 1 – ISLAND LEVEL: The objective of this first section is to position the state of the island from an “energy status” point of view.
  • SECTION 2 – PROJECT LEVEL: This section focuses on specific energy projects.

With this knowledge, the NESOI team will be able to support islands in developing successful partnerships with investors. In fact, NESOI’s goal is to mobilize more than 100 M€ of investment in sustainable energy projects across the EU’s populated islands.

Source: cordis.europa.eu