WP3 Market recognition as a hybrid device

 

 

Last updated: 19 December 2016

Lead: Head of Commercial Design Jørund Moseid

Main work in this section is done by FPP with support from a marine technology developer and the certification body Lloyds Register.

The key focus of this work package is to overcome the key challenge that FPP is market leader within hybrid platforms and is the only company in the world that have successfully offshore-tested a grid-combined wind and wave device. Working in offshore renewable segment certification, classification, insurance, financing, warranties are key elements to successfully commercialise technology. This work in this package is focused on overcoming these barriers.

The key objectives are:

  • Influencing/clarifying the classification of the wind & wave device.
  • Analysis and development of certification procedures for hybrid (wind & wave) device in key markets.

 

Summary of work performed in WP3

Development of certification procedures

To aid in the certification development a partner was chosen due to their extensive knowledge and experiences with offshore certification rules and companies. A large amount of documentation was shared with the engineering/naval architecture partner, regarding the technology. Following the initial analysis of the device, we determined the most suitable certification body was Lloyds Register. This was based on their reputation in the European offshore renewables industry, their strong position in offshore wind and Lloyds Register’s strong position in the UK marine renewables sector.

The classification rules relevant to the P80 device were established by Lloyds Register during an initial screening study. A desktop screening of the available industry standards in the market place was then performed and together with the report made by Lloyds Register (LR), a Regulatory Matrix has been developed. LR has been tasked with further development of the regulatory framework and certifying procedures in the months ahead, as a four stage process. Work is essentially following the progress of WP5 and as this has just been ramped up the activity in this task is expected to pick up speed in the next period.  

 

Classification

The P80 device is designed to provide competitive electricity in high wind, high wave and deeper waters. In the long term, the device can be deployed across the world, anywhere where there are waters over 45 m water depth, with medium to high wave and wind power. In the initial years, the first devices will be deployed in the most suitable countries, according to the resource, current grid, current political push and tariffs.

It is important that the device design already takes into account any requirements from these countries, such as the need for them to be classified. There is no overruling classification structure that the device fits into, as it is the world’s only hybrid device with offshore operation experience. It is therefore possible, that different countries will have different classification demands.

Lloyds Register performed the analysis and the work with developing the regulatory framework has been based on the report issued by them. FPP has developed a matrix together with the engineering partner which shall be used by all parties during the design development, intended to identify system by system, the various standards, codes and regulations that applies. The report is a living document and will be held updated by FPP during the entire design process. A workshop is planned in the start of period 4 to finalise the regulatory framework for the concept phase as a part of the technology qualification process which is led by Lloyds Register.

 

Engagement with policy makers

Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, learning more about FPP

FPP A/S and Ltd has started engagement with several organisations which either directly or indirectly influence policy within the UK energy market with a view to identifying and understanding the issues that surround both floating wind generally and hybrid devices. Some of these issues surround technology specific tariffs, metering requirements, seabed lease restrictions and EIA requirements.

FPP Ltd has been able to engage both the Welsh and Scottish Energy ministers to raise awareness of the company and potential projects. Both the Scottish and the Welsh governments express strong support for the offshore renewables industry.

Note that only limited information is shared for this work package due to reasons of propriety.