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

Project Deliverables


Tidal energy can provide significant

About TAOIDE

TAOIDE is a H2020 (the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) funded project with 5 partners, and runs from November 2016 to October 2019.

The TAOIDE project will develop a fully-integrated generator to grid energy delivery system with high reliability and availability, suitable for use in multiple architectures of marine renewable energy systems. The tested and validated design will also have developed maintenance strategies and standard operating procedures for the marine renewable energy industry. The projects key partners are Ocean Renewables Power Company (ORPC) Ireland Ltd., Fraunhofer IWES-KS, SKF (UK) Ltd., and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), with University College Cork (UCC) as coordinators.

While the term TAOIDE officially stands for Technology Advancement of Ocean energy devices through Innovative Development of Electrical systems to increase performance and reliability, it is inspired by the Irish word for Tide.

Contact

info@taoide.ie

MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy

Beaufort Building, Environmental Research Institute,
University College Cork,
IMERC Campus, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork



Project Overview

Life cycle cost of electricity generated by marine renewable technologies is determined by multiple factors including energy production capability, capital costs, and operating and maintenance (O&M) costs, as well as multiple other logistical, permitting, environmental, and finance cost factors. ORPC’s direct experience has been that operating and maintenance costs are dominant in the cost structure. It is clear that for marine renewable energy systems to be commercially viable they must demonstrate exceptionally high reliability and availability. ORPC is now addressing these cost, efficiency and reliability issues in order to achieve commercial status. This Project is a critical next step in commercialization of ORPC’s hydrokinetic power system technology for the European market. Ultimate Project goals are to develop a complete power transfer system from prime mover to electrical grid with normal maintenance intervals of greater than five years, and availability of greater than 98%. Intermediate goals are to deliver a system with design maintenance intervals of greater than five years, and availability greater than 96%. The projects primary objectives are listed below:

Develop wet gap electrical generator design capable of operating in seawater flooded condition.

Develop advanced bearings and seal designs for hydrokinetic machines.

Develop and implement control strategies to maximize power output and power quality for multiple prime mover designs.

Develop and implement advanced health monitoring system.

Validate the system design work by integrated full scale lab testing of system.

Integrate these components into a baseline ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and assess associated economic improvements.

Disseminate Project results and findings.