Open Sea Wave Operating Experience to Reduce Energy Cost
Europe is currently the world leader in wave energy and thus there are significant opportunities for green jobs associated with its development and deployment. Wave energy costs remain high compared to conventional forms of energy. There has been very limited open-sea experience to fully understand the challenges in device performance, survivability and reliability. The limited operating data and experience that currently exists are rarely shared, since it is often partly private-sponsored.
OPERA will remove this roadblock by delivering, for the first time, open access, high-quality open-sea operating data to the wave energy development community. It will collect, analyse and share open-sea operating data and experience to validate and de-risk several industrial innovations for wave energy, taking them from a laboratory environment (TRL 3) to a marine environment (TRL 5), opening the way to long term cost-reduction of over 50%.
For more information about the project, see the official website here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 654444.