Ocean_2G

TIDAL ENERGY PLATFORM

Weight: 350 mt

Draft: 25 m

Overall length: 45 m

Breadth: 6 m

Power rating: 2 MW

2 oriented blades: 19 m diameter

Tidal energy is one of the most interesting forms of renewable energy sources, since it is predictable. This makes tidal energy quite an attractive source of electricity for utilities to invest in. Furthermore, provided that water is about 1,000 times denser than air, it can capture an equivalent amount of energy using a much smaller machine than the one required for wind, thus reducing the comparable cost for materials. For that reason, it has been decided to develop a high stability floating platform that will have a generating capacity up to 2 MW from tidal currents.

In this regard, the OCEAN_2G (Second Generation technologies in ocean Energy) innovation project aims to test, validate and precertify an innovative full-size tidal energy harnessing system solution ready to enter into European and global markets, boosting the growth performance of industrial partners of the consortium and placing itself as a worldwide referent in the manufacturing of floating platforms for producing electrical energy from tidal currents.




Mission

The Ocean_2G (Second Generation technologies in ocean energies) project aims to test, validate and pre-certify an innovative second generation (2G) 2MW tidal energy platform solution, progressing it towards commercialisation.
The project is based on further developing a tidal energy platform - the ATIR - designed by Magallanes who have already tested a 1:10 scale tidal energy platform in open water conditions at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The data obtained during the initial testing programme has been fed into the design of the second generation device which has already been manufactured.
The project will undertake a number of key innovations to take this full-scale prototype from technology readiness level (TRL) 6 to TRL 8, readying it to market.

Objectives

  • 1. Validate the full-scale (1:1 size) prototype in a controlled marine environment through a structured test programme.
  • 2. Demonstrate the operational performance of a grid connected full-scale prototype in a real open sea environment.
  • 3. Improve the prototype for cost competitive energy generation with a target of 2MW.
  • 4. Pre-certification of the full-scale prototype with an independent electrical power performance assessment.
  • 5. Develop a business strategy and marketing approach according to the projects outputs and identify potential customers.

Chronology

June 2017

Start tests in controlled environment in Vigo

September 2017

Transport to Orkney.

October 2017

Start tests in real environment at EMEC.

May 2019

End tests in real environment at EMEC.










Who are we?

Magallanes Renovables

Magallanes Renovables, the managing company for the Project, has its decision-making centre in Redondela (Pontevedra), with the majority of the professionals involved in researching, designing and constructing the prototype and the technology located in the Vigo area.

Stakeholders

Sagres

This is the parent company of the Partenon textile and clothing group, established in 1958, in Redondela (Pontevedra). Partenon continues a family tradition in the clothing industry, harking back to the dawn of the 20th century. In the 1980’s, the company specialized its activity in R&D+i to develop technical clothes for security corps and forces, with waterproof, breathable and fireproof products.

EMEC

Established in 2003, EMEC is the first and only centre in the world to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters with purpose-built open-sea testing facilities accredited for performance assessment. Having 14 full-scale test berths and sites fully consented, EMEC is ideally placed to offer demonstration facilities to OCEAN_2G project.

Leask Marine

Leask Marine is a leading company in special marine operations. Located in the north of Scotland, in Orkney Islands, Leask Marine is a strategic partner for Magallanes Renovables, considering the importance that operations such as installing, uninstalling and maintenace have in the future of the project.

IM Future

IM FutuRe is a service company specialized in the maintenance, operation and management of Wind Farms. IM FutuRe staff holds more than 20 years of experience in management, administration, operation and maintenance of wind turbines and is currently in international growth towards the industrial sector and other renewable energies. His goal is to offer to their customers a quality service, as well as help and assistance in those innovative tasks they are requested.





Funding



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº730628