Fast-tracking Offshore Renewable energy With Advanced Research to Deploy 2030MW of tidal energy before 2030
Orbital Marine Power is leading a pan-European consortium to deliver the FORWARD2030 project, to accelerate the commercial deployment of floating tidal stream energy. FORWARD2030 aims to deliver a breakthrough in tidal energy that will enable 2030 MW of tidal stream deployment by 2030. FORWARD2030 also aims to accelerate cost reduction of tidal stream technology, reducing costs by a further 25% by 2024.
The project has five specific objectives:
The FORWARD2030 €26.7m project, has received €20.5m of grant support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (under grant agreement No 101037125) to develop a multi-vector energy system for the future.
MULTI-VECTOR ENERGY SYSTEM
The multi-vector energy system will combine:
REDUCING COST OF TIDAL ENERGY
The project will see the installation of the next iteration of the Orbital tidal stream turbine, integrated with a hydrogen production facility and battery storage already installed at EMEC in Orkney, with an additional storage solution to be defined. Project partners will design options for integrating large scale tidal power into future net zero energy systems, whilst developing environmental monitoring and marine spatial planning tools for large floating tidal arrays.
NEXT GENERATION TURBINES
During the project, Orbital will advance the company’s pioneering floating tidal turbine design, with support from technical partner SKF, who will design and build an optimised fully integrated power train solution, designed for volume manufacture. The partners will deliver several technical innovations targeting increased rated power, enhanced turbine performance and array integration solutions. These innovations will reduce the cost of Orbital’s sector-leading technology even further.
O2 turbine generating.
Picture courtesy of Orbital Marine Power