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.
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.
- 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.