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Learn about TAOIDE

Technology Advancement of Ocean energy devices through Innovative Development of Electrical systems to increase performance and reliability



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Ocean Renewable Power Company

Ocean Renewable Power Company, Inc. is in the business of improving people’s lives, and their environment, through sustainable energy solutions. Partnering with communities and key stakeholders, ORPC develops marine renewable energy solutions that provide reliable clean electricity from tidal and river currents and reduce the carbon footprint and environmental risks associated with diesel. Through its unique business model, ORPC creates local economic development, including training opportunities and new jobs. In 2015, the company established ORPC Ireland (ORPC), to explore project development opportunities in the European market..

ORPC proposes to develop and test innovative power take-off (PTO) and control components for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 LCE-07-2016 funding opportunity: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling. This project, Technology Advancement of Ocean energy devices through Innovative Development of Electrical systems to increase performance and reliability (TAOIDE or Project), is a critical next step in commercialization of ORPC’s hydrokinetic power system technology for the European market. The Project will leverage all of ORPC’s research and development work to date, including multiple projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, extensive operating history and lessons learned from prior ORPC device deployments, and skills, expertise and capabilities of our European partners to produce what ORPC believes will be an optimal, complete system from power take-off to utility grid interface for all tidal energy devices, addressing all aspects of the power chain.


To provide reliable electrical generation it is critical to develop a generator that can withstand water intrusion. ORPC will design and develop a high reliability electrical generator system for application in marine renewable devices, utilizing technologies already developed by ORPC vendors. This design will comprise a fully-seawater flooded, “wet-gap” generator, capable of continuous and reliable operation in a marine environment. This design will maintain operability due to encapsulated rotors and windings. Such a “wet gap” generator will enhance generator longevity, decrease repair times, and increase system availability.


ORPC will work with vendors to select commercial off-the-shelf controllers suitable for real time active control of the prime mover, generator, and grid interface system. Work performed by ORPC indicates that system efficiencies for marine renewable power systems can be improved by the proper selection and implementation of appropriate control philosophies.

http://www.orpc.co/

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SKF

Operating conditions for subsea bearings are known by the industry to be particularly challenging. ORPC will work with our project partner SKF to develop a bearing and seal solution based on proven technologies, modified for application to marine renewable energy systems, and in particular for the wet-gap generator system.

http://www.skf.com/
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Fraunhofer IEE

Fraunhofer IEE will utilize their expertise in collaboration with ORPC to create a health monitoring system capable of provided reliable inputs into a predicative maintenance protocols for the entire power take-off to grid system.

https://www.iee.fraunhofer.de/
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Letterkenny Institute of Technology

ORPC will partner with Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland, to assess maintenance procedures and protocols, and to develop standard operating procedures for maintenance operations on marine renewable energy systems.

http://www.lyit.ie
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University College Cork

ORPC will partner with MaREI Centre in University College Cork, Ireland, to coordinate the project and to develop and implement validation testing to assure the expected system performance improvements in efficient, maintainability and reliability.

http://www.ucc.ie/en/
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MaREI - Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy

ORPC will partner with MaREI Centre in University College Cork, Ireland, to coordinate the project and to develop and implement validation testing to assure the expected system performance improvements in efficiency, maintainability and reliability. MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and has over 200 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners.

http://www.marei.ie/

Meet the partners

Primary Contractors

Working to support this project

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McGrath IT Development

Creative freelancer based in Cork City. Available for projects in relation to Web & Software Development, Graphics and Marketing Strategy. Lead developer in continuous projects in these areas.


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IKM Group

The IKM group is a multidiscipline sub supplier to the oil and gas industry. Our priority area is growth: growth in sales, growth in profits and growth in the services supplied.