This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654.444
millions of euros
years of data
To collect, stream and publish 2 years of open-sea operating data of both a floating WEC and a shoreline wave power plant
To de-risk innovations that lower mooring cost over 50% and enhance survivability
To increase OWC power production 50% and improve reliability
To advance predictive and latching control to enable 30% increase in power production
To advance standards to reduce business risk and give access to lower cost capital
To reduce uncertainty, frequency, risk and cost of offshore operations
To improve risk management and cost estimation with real data
To maximise impact on the entire value chain and society for wave energy
Floating OWC Device: The buoy hull moves in the opposite direction to the water column inside the spar for the most typical wave periods. The oscillation in the column drives a low speed air turbine that is placed above the sea level. The rotor is the only moving part of the turbine resulting in higher reliability and more cost-effective production.
Novel bi-radial turbine: A novel radial self-rectifying impulse air turbine for use in Wave Energy Converters that is both mechanically simple and reliable. Exhibiting reduced pressure losses in comparison with current designs, this turbine is extremely compact axially, has the highest known efficiency amongst air turbines, over 70%, and a silent operation. The possibility of increasing the rotational inertia can easily be achieved to enable kinetic energy storage. The design includes a cylindrical axially-sliding stop valve in series with the turbine.
Advanced control algorithms: Several studies have shown the great potential of using advance information on incoming wave in controlling WECs. Predictive control uses incoming wave information for control, applicable to all WECs. Latching (valve control) is specific to OWC.
Shared mooring systems: Shared mooring systems have long been used in aquaculture farms, where they can reduce mooring costs by nearly 50% in large farms at deeper deployments. Similar cost reduction is expected in deployment of over five devices for wave energy.
Elastomeric mooring tether: Compared to conventional mooring ropes, elastomeric tethers have load-extension characteristics that permit very significant reduction in peak loads and fatigue loads within the mooring system and at the hull connections thus reducing the costs of these structures whilst improving reliability.
Project development services: These services involve open-sea testing and validation services, guidelines and standards for ocean energy, services related to the engineering and construction of wave energy farms and seakeeping, installation and O&M services.
Design of oscillating-water-column wave energy converters with an application to self-powered sensor buoys
J.C.C. Henriques*, J.C.C. Portillo, L.M.C. Gato, R.P.F. Gomes, D.N. Ferreira, A.F.O. Falc~ao
LAETA, IDMEC, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
The quest for conquering the ocean and understanding its behaviour has been a challenge with increasing needs for innovation and technology investments in many areas of strategic value for the promotion, growth and competitiveness of the marine economy worldwide. Current oceanographic buoy systems are limited to low power levels and intermittency of data acquisition and transmission, among other aspects that need to be overcome to comply with new and more demanding applications. The development of marine activities requires more powerful and reliable data-acquisition systems to guarantee their future sustainability. This work presents a new systematic methodology for optimum design of wave energy converters. The methodology was applied to design two self-powered sensor buoys for long term monitoring based on the oscillating-water-column principle. The optimisation focussed on buoy hydrodynamic shape, sizing and selection of the turbine and the generator, as well as the control law of the generator electromagnetic torque. The performance was assessed through the use of the power matrix and a set of performance indicators. These performance indicators were defined to allow a simple comparison between different wave energy concepts. The results confirm the applicability of the designed buoys for a next generation of oceanographic monitoring systems.
Further to the installation of a pressure sensor and data logger in front of the Mutriku wave power plant, a TRIAXYS Directional Wave Buoy from Canadian manufacturer AXYS Technologies was deployed at BiMEP open-sea test site, just in front of OCEANTEC’s MARMOK wave energy device, which is now injecting energy into the Spanish grid. Deployment was realised by Bilbao-based marine contractor Commercial Diving Activity (CDA).read more
This document represents the first stage in the examination of the practical application of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Specifications (TS) for the wave energy sector by extracting the necessary methodologies to enable their execution. The emphasis is on the practical application of the Technical Specifications, and not the performance of the wave energy device itself.read more
The final section of a sophisticated wave energy device has been successfully installed by a collaborative research team in the Bay of Biscay, on the northern coast of Spain.read more
OPERA will be present at Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference & Exhibition (OEE2016) that will take place the 8-9 November in Brussels
This year, Ocean Energy Europe brings you to the heart of Europe for its world-leading conference & exhibition. OEE2016 offer a busy 1250 m2 exhibition hall, a high-quality conference programme, networking opportunities with 400+ professionals, and a broad range of side events, including the Ocean Energy Forum’s grand finale. The key players in the ocean energy sector will be there in force at OEE2016.read more
The Basque company Oceantec Energías Marinas, promoted by TECNALIA Corporación Tecnológica and Iberdrola throught the Perseo risk capital programme, deployed yesterday its first Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP), sited near the village of Armintza-Lemoiz (Bizkaia). The device will be tested for a year at BiMEP in the framework of the OPERA project.read more
Regional minister for economic development visits site of manufacture of first Basque wave-power generating device
The prototype, designed by Basque company Oceantec, is being assembled at the Navacel facilities in Erandio. The project is backed by Ente Vasco de la Energía with EU support via the OPERA project. The scale model of the device will be tested in the autumn at the Bimep offshore test site at Armintza. The Basque Country aspires to become a knowledge hub in the area of wave energy, creating a new industrial sector in this field. The Basque Energy Strategy to 2030 sets a target of covering 19% of power supply with renewables and 21% of all energy consumed.read more
Ocean Energy Europe has elected Thierry Kalanquin (DCNS) and Simon de Pietro (DP Energy) as its new co-Presidents. The pair will combine the expertise of an industrial scale technology manufacturer and a prominent renewable energy developer to help steer Europe’s ocean renewable energy industry sector to commercial readiness.read more
Normandy just won the organization of the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in June 2018. Held by West Normandy Marine Energy (WNME or French ONEM) and Bluesign, the application put forward the technological, economic and structural lead of Normandy for ocean energy development. Washington, USA, was competing against Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Normandy to host the event in 2 years. ICOE gathers 600 to 900 experts and about a hundred exhibitors every two years: in 2016, 25 countries were represented. Normandy thus succeeds to its 2 partners on ocean energy since ICOE was hosted by Halifax (Canada) in 2014 and by Edinburg (Scotland) in 2016, both of these events were attended by West Normandy Marine Energy.read more
OPERA project to share open access, open-sea operating data from wave energy projects. OPERA – Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost – aims to address some of the major issues in wave energy. Generating operating data and open-sea experience for wave energy projects will reduce the time-to-market for wave energy. OPERA will facilitate this by collecting, analysing and sharing open access, open-sea operating data from projects such as OCEANTEC floating OWC (Oscillating Water Column) among others, reducing the risks and costs that hamper investment in wave energy projects.read more
2018 · June · International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE)
2017 · August, 27 - September, 2 · EWTEC2017 - 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
Place: Cork, Ireland
The latest in the foremost bi-annual scientific conference series on Wave and Tidal Energy will return to the historic city of Cork, Ireland:
- Scientists and experts in the fields of marine renewable energy will reveal their latest advances
- Exhibitors will present exciting new products and services
- Abstract submission open from October 2016
- A selection of the submitted papers will have the opportunity to be published in the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJoME)
2017 · March, 27-31 · III Marine Energy Week
Place: Bilbao, Spain
Involved Partners: TECNALIA, EVE
2017 · January 20 · 2017 Maynooth University Wave Energy Workshop
Place: Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth
Involved Partners: TECNALIA, EVE
2016 · November, 8-9 · Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference & Exhibition (OEE2016)
will OEE2016 offer?
- A busy 1250m2 exhibition hall, showcasing the latest projects and products from the key players in ocean energy
- A topical, high-quality conference programme with a strong focus on finance, featuring high-level politicians and decision-makers, and the biggest names in the industry
- Unrivalled networking opportunities with 400+ professionals from across Europe and beyond, representing all parts of the value chain
- A broad range of side events, including the Ocean Energy Forum’s grand finale, taking place alongside the main event
The key players in the ocean energy sector will be there in force at OEE2016.
Visit OPERA at the stand 24 in the OEE2016
2016 · June, 1-2 · Seanergy
Place: Biarritz, Halle d’Iraty
Involved Partners: TECNALIA, EVE, OCEANTEC
2016 · May, 3 · From Seaenergies to Seanergy - Workshop #4
Place: Tecnalia, Parque Tecnológico de Zamudio
Involved Partners: TECNALIA, EVE
2016 · Febr, 23-25 · ICOE 2016 - Edinburgh