We receive public grant support to develop the world's first successfully offshore-tested combined wind and wave platform
On- and offshore full-scale wave energy PTO test, demonstration, and optimization
This project is funded by EUDP and has a budget of 17.8 million DKK, where EUDP has supplied 11.5 million DKK and the partners provide the rest.
This project will upscale and complete the detailed design of a full-scale wave energy Power Take-Off (PTO) system, developed by FPP and partners. The PTO system will be taken from its current scale to full size – ready for deployment offshore. This full-scale PTO system will be built and tested in a new test rig. The test setup will allow the PTO to be demonstrated, optimized, and showcased. The PTO system and test rig will be the largest wave power test setup of its kind in the world and the development and testing will result in a highly efficient and cost-optimized PTO system. The project is linked to FPP's first full-scale demonstration unit to be deployed in Spain at the Plocan test site. The design developed will be used to build four offshore PTO systems for full-scale offshore demonstration (not part of this project). The test rig will be reused to commission the four PTO units prior to deployment in Spain and as an onshore twin to the offshore PTOs. This will enable FPP and partners to further improve the system by testing new control algorithms and components in a safe environment before offshore deployment.
"The fact that we are, where we are, is a recognition of the enormous potential in developing complex test facilities of this size as part of creating a reliable sustainable energy source. We are happy to offer both technical expertise and experience, and we’re excited for this project to unfold over the coming years." - Mads-Ole Astrupgaard, CEO Fritz Schur Energy.
"We like to think of the PTO test rig as a very large IKEA test. By subjecting our technology, the very worst conditions on land before going offshore in full scale, we can remove a lot of the risk from our commercial projects." - Anders Køhler, CEO in Floating Power Plant.
"Wave power has to date not been able to prove itself as a reliable power source and we believe that Floating Power Plant has the potential to overcome the challenges. The EUDP funding is an important contribution to this realization. Seasystems look forward to participating in this project." - Torkjell Lisland, managing director at Seasystems.
"This project can crack open one of the hardest nuts to crack, that has kept wave energy technology from becoming a stable part of the energy supply." - Morten Kramer, associate professor at Aalborg University.
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Floating Power Plant Canarias
Floating Power Plant Canarias, within the framework of the INVEST IN SPAIN Programme, has been supported by ICEX and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The ICEX Invest in Spain 2021 program granted the Spanish subsidiary FPP Canarias for the development of the project "NEW FLOATING AND HYBRID ENERGY PLANT, COMBINING WIND AND WAVE ENERGY", which main objective is to design and deploy a commercial-scale version of FPP’s device in the Canary Islands.
This grant will support the expenses for the recruitment of research personnel on the islands and the preliminary studies related to the environmental assessment analyses of the demonstrator that will be deployed in Plocan’s test site in Gran Canaria.
De-carbonisation of Oil & Gas production – by cost-effective floating renewable technologies
The partnership has been granted 4,79 mDKK by the Danish EUDP - Det Energiteknologiske Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprogram for the project; “De-carbonisation of Oil & Gas Production – by cost-effective Floating renewable Technologies”. A project that will, with FPP’s combined floating wind and wave technology as the basis, develop and adapt new designs and business concepts, for utilization in combination with the extraction of hydrocarbons. This is an emerging market but with significant potential.
Digital hydraulic PTO for Floating Power Plant (DigitalPTO)
Floating Power Plant A/S and Aalborg University have granted 1,7 mDKK by the Danish EUDP program for the project; “Digital hydraulic PTO for Floating Power Plant (DigitalPTO)”.
The project will develop and test advanced strategies for controlling a digital hydraulic power take-off system for the wave power element of Floating Power Plants combined floating wind and wave platform.
OESA aims to accelerate the development of marine energy technologies through strategic partnerships and international collaboration
The Ocean Energy Scale-up Alliance (OESA) is an accelerator project aiming to develop and deploy large-scale marine energy pilots. The transnational partnership under the lead of the Dutch Marine Energy Centre combines expertise from 6 European countries from the North Sea Region.
The following three goals will accommodate a larger number of technology deployments in the future:
- To develop a transnational scale-up offer for marine energy technologies, in which the services of large European service providers in offshore and marine energy are combined.
- To accelerate the development of five technologies, leading to the deployment of 20 MW in large-scale pilots.
- To bring together stakeholders from the offshore industry, investment business, and policymakers in a stakeholder platform and show the collaborative potential of marine energy to secure their support for future deployments in the ocean energy sector.
A strong partnership of international experts
Within OESA, thirteen organizations combine their expertise in offshore engineering, market development, ocean energy testing, and technology development. To make sure that the offer is tailored to the most urgent needs of the industry five technology developers are members of the alliance. Together with the eight service providers they are analyzing and defining services that will lead to the deployment of their technology pilots.
The eight service partners are combining their expertise to offer a portfolio that covers both technological as well as commercial services. This will lead to the immediate acceleration of pilot development and ensure the sustainable growth of technology companies.
Through its transnational collaboration, OESA strives to strengthen the ocean energy sector. This will allow sharing lessons learned and lead to the faster production of more renewable energy in the North Sea region.
Visit www.northsearegion.eu/oesa for more information on the project and collaboration opportunities.
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 optimization for offshore wind and wave energy infrastructures. The main objective is to address specific challenges and capabilities related to advanced modeling of hydrodynamics, hydraulics, and control to improve the effective and efficient deployment of offshore wind and wave installations through the development of new computational algorithms for the 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. Three early-stage researchers will receive individualized training that embraces elements of personalized learning network-wide technical skills guidance.
The proposed training contributes greatly to the European Commission's strategic research, training, and innovation actions as established through the Europe 2020 strategy, Blue Energy, and the European Commission Innovation Union goals.
For more details on ICONN visit www.eid-iconn.eu or contact Pilar Heras firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +45 2830 7871.
Power Take-Off for Wave Energy
The purpose of the project is to develop, test, and optimize 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 optimization 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 email@example.com or phone +45 20 46 05 11.
Eurostars - MORA
(MOdel interfaced RAdar
for improved operation and control)
Funded by EU's Eurostars, program, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +45 20 46 05 11.
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 development is to establish validated fully coupled numerical
modeling tools and methods applicable to our technology and the 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 at email@example.com.
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 program under grant agreement no. 673976. The support sped up the process for the commercialization 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: