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In 2012, WaveRoller (nearshore bottom-mounted device) was deployed in Peniche (80 km north of Lisbon).
Research and development continued to be focused on oscillating water columns (OWC) and point absorbers. Portugal has been participating in several EU projects.
Ocean Energy Policy
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Research & Development
Government Funded R&D
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) has been active in the development of a spar-buoy oscillating water column wave energy converter. Model testing at scale 1:16 took place in September and October 2012 at the large wave tank of The National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC),Northern England, within the framework of the European programme MARINET. The work also includes topologies for slack mooring systems of compact arrays. Development work is also being performed at IST on a new type of self-rectifying air turbine, named Biradial turbine, for wave energy applications. Results from model testing indicate that the turbine is capable of remarkably good performance. IST is collaborating with the Portuguese company Kymaner in the design of a prototype of the turbine to be tested at the Pico OWC plant, in the Azores. Another new concept of a floating wave energy converter (WEC) is under investigation and development. It is based on a closed asymmetric floater with an internal U-tank partially filled with water and two lateral reservoirs connected with a tube. During the reporting period improvements have been made on the numerical model of this WEC.
Instituto Superior Técnico will provide, starting in February 2013, a full one semester specialization on Ocean Renewable Energy (waves, tidal currents, offshore wind), integrated into the three-semester European Master in Renewable Energy organized by the European Renewable Energy Research Centre (EUREC) Agency and involving 11 European Universities.
TROPOS (2011-2015) - “Modular Multi-use Deep Water Offshore Platform Harnessing and Servicing Mediterranean, Subtropical and Tropical Marine and Maritime Resources”. The aim is to develop a floating modular multi-use platform system for use in deep waters. WavEC is participating in this project.
SOWFIA (2010-2012) – “Streamlining of Ocean Wave Farms Impact Assessment”. The aim is to facilitate the development of European wide, coordinated, unified, and streamlined environmental and socio-economic impact Assessment tools for offshore wave energy conversion developments. WavEC is participating in this project.
FAME (2010-2012) - “The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment” - financed by the EC INTERREG IV programme, with the aim to link the protection of natural values, specifically biodiversity (avifauna) with economic activities at the European Atlantic Ocean. WavEC is participating in this project.
WAVEPORT (2009-2012) - “Demonstration & Deployment of a Commercial Scale Wave Energy Converter with an Innovative Real Time Wave by Wave Tuning System”, with the aim to demonstrate a large scale grid connected Powerbuoy Technology. WavEC is participating in this project.
DEMOWFLOAT (2011-2014) - The objective of the DEMOWFLOAT project is to demonstrate the longterm Windfloat performance, operationality, maintainability, reliability, platform accessibility, feasible grid integration on a modular basis, among several other aspects with an impact on availability of the system and, therefore, on the cost of produced energy. LNEG and WavEC have been participating in this project.
SEANERGY 2020 (2009-2012) - The objective of the SEANERGY 2020 project is to formulate and to promote concrete policy recommendations on how to best deal with and remove maritime spatial planning (MSP) policy obstacles to the deployment of offshore renewable power generation. LNEG has been participating in this project.
WavEC has been further participating in the project “Structural Design of Wave Energy Devices” (http://www.sdwed.civil.aau.dk/), coordinated by Aalborg University and supported by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and became also involved in two new projects initiated in 2012:
WavEC and IST are involved in the Offshore Test Station (OTS), funded by KIC InnoEnergy, in which base technology is being developed. This includes development of hardware and software for environmental monitoring, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) tooling, components and methods for subsea cable connection, a PTO concept for combined wave-wind OWC wave energy converters and operations and maintenance (O&M) software modules for resource forecast & power and platform motions.
Portugal, through WavEC, also participates in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
Operational Ocean Energy projects