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SPOTLIGHT ON IRELAND


GLOBAL LEADER IN


HYDROKINETIC POWER SYSTEM


ORPC Ireland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean Renewable Power Company, a global leader in hydrokinetic power system technology and project solutions, along with its project partners, has kicked-off of a 3.2 million euro technology development project for which it is the technical lead.


INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM


The official start date was November 1, 2016. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, is project coordinator and along with ORPC Ireland, is joined in a strong consortium with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Ireland), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany) and SKF (U.K.) Limited.


Image – TAOIDE kick-off meeting at UCC’s new Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Ringaskiddy Co. Cork, from left are Donal Murray (UCC); Gianluca Tondi (European Commission); Matthias Wecker and Martin Shan (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft); John Doran (LYIT); Kevin Leyne and Annette Matthys (UCC); Jarlath McEntee, James Donegan, and Milo Feinberg (ORPC); and Michael Baumann (SKF)


IMPROVING SYSTEM RELIABILITY


‘Technology Advancement of Ocean Energy Devices through Innovative Development of Electrical Systems to Increase Performance and Reliability’, or TAOIDE for short, is aimed at radically improving system reliability by developing a more robust power transfer system from prime mover to electric grid, specifically, a direct drive permanent magnet generator capable of operating in a fully flooded condition. In addition to ORPC benefitting from this innovation, colleague companies in Europe and worldwide will be helped.


3 YEAR PROJECT


Year 1 of the 3 year project is focused on design work, year 2 on subsystem testing and year 3 on full system testing at UCC to validate system improvements to a full-scale ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and associated economics at UCC’s Lir National Ocean Test Facility.


MAJOR DEVELOPMENT


“Proving the functionality of a wet-gap generator will be a major development for the ocean energy industry”, commented ORPC President & CEO, Chris Sauer, “and will make our marine renewable energy systems more competitive with other renewable energy options. We look forward to working with our dedicated partners in Ireland and the EU to significantly advance ocean energy technologies and help secure Europe’s global competitiveness.”


WORKING TOGETHER


Dr. Jimmy Murphy, Lir National Ocean Test Facility Manager noted, “I am delighted with the opportunity to work with ORPC Ireland and the other partners on this exciting major project over the next three years.”


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