We receive public grant support to develop the world's first successfully offshore-tested combined wind and wave platform

ICONN-EID. European Industrial DoCtorate on Offshore WiNd and Wave ENergy

ICONN is a unique European industrial doctorate initiative to meet the current and future demand for highly skilled offshore wind and wave energy engineers by developing and improving European capacity in the design, development and performance optimisation for offshore wind and wave energy infrastructures. The main objective is to address specific challenges and capabilities related to advanced modelling of hydrodynamics, hydraulics and control in order to improve the effective and efficient deployment of offshore wind and wave installations through the development of new computational algorithms for design of components and innovative control strategies.

The initiative is strongly influenced by active participation from industries, and will develop and improve European capacity in the offshore renewable energy area, since Europe strives to lead the global market in this sector. Floating Power Plant, together with Trinity College of Dublin and Aalborg University, are the three beneficiaries of this Horizon2020 Programme, and three early stage researchers will receive individualised training that embraces elements of personalised learning, and network-wide technical skills guidance.

The proposed training contributes greatly to European Commission strategic research, training and innovation actions as established through the Europe 2020 strategy, Blue Energy, and in European Commission Innovation Union goals.

For more details on ICONN visit www.eid-iconn.eu or contact Pilar Heras ph@floatingpowerplant.com or phone +45 2830 7871.

"The ICONN project brings together academia and industry to develop cutting edge numerical models for wave and wind hybrid devices. My PhD research includes the development of the model, then using the model to develop advanced control strategies for FPP. I really enjoy the challenge of working with such a novel technology, and am proud to be helping hybrid renewables become a reality."

Pilar Heras, ICONN PhD Candidate
European Union
Trinity College

ForskEL project
Digital Hydraulic
Power Take-Off for Wave Energy

The project is a collaboration between Fritz Schur Energy A/S, Aalborg University and Floating Power Plant. The project is partly funded by Energinet under the ForskEl programme.

The purpose of the project is to develop, test and optimise a digital hydraulic power take-off system tailored for wave energy devices.
The project has two main focuses: 1) The design of the digital hydraulic transmission system, an electric generator (hardware),
and 2) the design and optimisation of advanced control algorithms for controlling the system (software).
The overall goal of the project is to improve the efficiency and power quality and reducing the cost of energy.

For more details on this project contact Nis Ebsen on nie@floatingpowerplant.com or phone +45 20 46 05 11.

 

"We partner with industry leaders in different fields of expertise. A good example is our power take-off system which we have developed together with Fritz Shur Energy and Siemens using standard industry components. This gives us a technology in which we have full confidence also in a commercial setting."

Nis Ebsen, Lead Electrical and Automation Engineer

Eurostars - MORA
(MOdel interfaced RAdar
for improved operation and control)

Funded by EU's Eurostars, programme, MORA is a collaboration between Floating Power Plant,
the Norwegian radar specialist Triad AS and the Norwegian technology center Polytec.
The project develops a technology that will
1) increase the revenue of wave energy and offshore wind, and 
2) reduce risk and operational expenditure in all sea-state limited offshore operations.

The deliverable consists of a radar system that integrates a local seabed model giving high accuracy and real-time capability,
an algorithm for real-time load prediction and control, a model for real-time local calibration met-ocean forecasts
and a product/business plan refined under end-user supervision (FPP).

For more details on this project contact Nis Ebsen on nie@floatingpowerplant.com or phone +45 20 46 05 11.

MaRINET2

In July 2017 Floating Power Plant received acceptance of a MaRINET2 application
to perform 15 days of physical testing at the facility Oceanide in France.
The aim of the tests is to obtain data to validate FPP’s numerical model for the interaction
between the semisubmersible and the pitching WEC.
The motion of the platform will be controlled by a robot which allows a
very strict validation of the numerical model by recreating the exact movement
of the semisubmersible structure using the robot and measuring
the corresponding movement, force and power outtake of the WEC.

FPP’s overall long-term goal of the development is to establish validated fully coupled numerical
modelling tools and methods applicable to our technology and th
e validation cases
resulting from the new tests are an important milestone.
With the results from the performance of the WEC we can also substantiate
the technical foundation used for our uptime and financial models.

For more details on this project contact Morten Kramer on mk@floatingpowerplant.com.

 

 

 

Completed projects

 

H2020 EU-SME grant – The Poseidon Project

Floating Power Plant was in June 2015 awarded 1.14 million euro for the two-year project ”Market Maturation of Floating Power Plant’s Floating Wind- Wave- Energy Device - POSEIDON” under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 673976. The support sped up the process for the commercialisation of the UK market considerably.
We greatly appreciate the support and trust we experience from the EU, utilities and site developers that have provided support and letters for the application.

The project contained the following 6 work packages:

Project management
Development of value chain
Market recognition as a hybrid device
Building market confidence - showcasing
Commercial-scale device specifications
Exploitation, dissemination and communication
"The EU SME grant has significantly increased Floating Power Plant's UK market development activities and the results are already very positive. This includes the establishment of commercial project companies, increased awareness, certification and an improved value chain."

Chris McConville, GM FPP Ltd