WavEC Offshore Renewables works actively to promote the development of Marine Renewable Energy as a new sector of economic activity, supported by knowledge and innovation. In 2016 WavEC has been active in many fields. This Newsletter aims to give all interested parties an update of our main activities in 2016.
During 2016 WavEC has continued its activities with several European funded projects raising its already significant international network in the field of MRE.
Five new projects started in 2016:
- ARTIFEX: funded by the Norwegian Research Council, aiming to develop unmanned systems (AUV, SUV and ROV) to operate in the maintenance of aquaculture technologies.
- OCEANIC, RECODE and TUPPERWAVE: three R&D projects funded by FCT through the OCEANERA-NET programme.
- WAVEBOOST: funded by the H2020 dealing with improvement of the reliability and performance of PTOs (Power-Take-Offs) in collaboration with the Swedish developer, Corpower.
Another three projects were approved to start in 2017:
- MARINET2: a network of testing infrastructures for wave and tidal energy, giving easy access conditions to developers.
- MARINERG-I: aiming to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy sector.
- ERAKRAKEN: aims to tackle the existing gap of the ROV tools specially designed for the Ocean Energy sector needs with the objective to reduce the high OPEX costs associated to the underwater Inspection Repair and Maintenance.
Check more information about these projects on the WavEC website.
RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES
- Under the scope of the OCEANIC project, WavEC has deployed in August 2016 an experimental structure to test different coating techniques. The structure was designed and assembled in WavEC premises and was installed in the WaveRoller test site location. Read more about this activity on the project website.
- WavEC started in July 2016 a field campaign using its ROV with the objective of collecting data from the seabed where the offshore wind turbine of the new DEMOGRAVI3 project of EDP Renewables will be installed for testing. For more information about the project check its website.
- WavEC collected in July 2016 some biological samples from the WindFloat platform and organised a Public Session to present the outcomes of the project and inform about the dismantling process.
- The Atlantic Power Cluster project was the winner of the Atlantic Project Award in September 2016. WavEC took a relevant participation in this Interreg funded project that aimed to apply a marine renewable transnational strategy in the Atlantic area.
- The partnership between WavEC and the “Environmental Research Institute” (ERI) of “University of Highlands and Islands” (UHI) under the MERIKA project continued in 2016, through short time visits of researchers from WavEC and from ERI to Thurso in Scotland and Lisbon, respectively.
- The 18 months H2020 project RICORE came ended in 2016 with a public event within EUSEW 2016 (European Union Sustainable Energy Week). The final video and more information about RICORE is available on the project website.
- In the scope of the four-year Marie Curie funded OCEANET project two workshops took place in 2016, one in Sweden (Environmental impact & monitoring of offshore renewable energy farms course) and a second one in Ireland (Social and economic impacts of offshore renewable energy course). WavEC lectured the environment and economic modules in both courses, respectively.
WavEC team has also been active in many fields of activities rendering services to companies worldwide. Here we highlight:
- Environmental monitoring of the Windfloat project.
- Testing of coatings in an offshore setup in Norway, designed and developed at WavEC.
- Collaboration with four wave energy developers: WaveRoller project in Portugal (AW-Energy), Wedge from Spain and three Australian companies, Protean Wave Energy, Ecofin Australia and Bombora Wave Power.
- Numerical modelling for aquaculture structures in Portugal.
- Numerical analysis and wave tank testing of a breakwater structure.
- Training on Numerical Modelling (Wavepower company) and Ocean Energy Master EUREC.
- Collaboration with the Dutch company Ecorys, in the organization of a workshop Focus Group on Lessons for Ocean Energy Development.
SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND BOOKS
In 2016, WavEC published two papers in the International Journal of Marine Energy and three articles in proceedings of conferences. Check the complete list on our website. Also, available for download, the “Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy”, with Marco Alves author of the chapter on Time Domain modelling and the book “Numerical Modelling of Wave Energy Converters”, with Marco Alves author of the chapter on Frequency-Domain Models.
In June 2016, WavEC organized a workshop to present the Licensing Guide for Marine Renewable Energies in Portugal to a group of public entities. The final version in Portuguese has been launch on the WavEC’s annual seminar in October and is available on WavEC’s website.
PROMOTION AND DISSEMINATION
In 2016 the team represented WavEC in several national and international relevant events. Here we highlight:
- Ocean Energy Forum, Brussels;
- International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2016), Edinburgh, UK;
- 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, Dublin;
- International Congress New Technologies for the Sea & River, Barranquilla, Colombia;
- Ny-Ålesund Symposium 2016 “Ocean Planet”, Svalbard, Norway;
- The US Department of Energy “Wave Energy Prize” Ceremony, Washington, USA;
- Workshop "Renewable Energies and Research Infrastructures, Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
Check the latest activities on our website.
Each year WavEC held its Annual Seminar and B2B meetings. This year the Embassy of Finland in Lisbon, Machine Technology Center Turku, Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, joined WavEC in the organization of the seminar and B2B event on marine renewable energies on the 26th and 27th of October. The seminar was attended by 215 participants and the B2B by 50. All presentations in pdf and video format are available on the WavEC website.
NATIONAL WORKING GROUP
WavEC, represented by Antonio Sarmento, participated in the Working Group established by the Portuguese Government aiming to develop a new political approach for marine renewables. The outcome of this working group was a Report Energy at Sea – Roadmap for an Industrial Strategy of Ocean Renewable Energy which is available (in Portuguese) for download.
OUR TEAM AND INTERNSHIPS
In 2016 Soraya Hamawi, Marco Timóteo and Yannick Debruyne left WavEC to embrace new work opportunities. Catarina Gomes, Sarah Crowley and Kilian Krügel joined the team, Catarina in the financial area, Sarah in the numerical modelling team and Kilian in the technology team.
WavEC also received 10 internships from Portugal, Italy, France and Costa Rica.
2016 was a sad year as our colleague Nuno Matos passed away in November. Nuno was the main responsible for organizing the WavEC annual seminar and responsible for some years for the Dissemination and Public Policies area. Recently he coordinated a working group of 8 law firms in Lisbon that reviewed the Portuguese legislation with application to marine renewable energy.