Ocean Flow Energy Limited (Oceanflow) is the developer of an integrated solution for generating electricity from tidal streams and ocean currents and exporting that power to shore. The solution centres around the Company’s semi-submerged floating tethered platform solution, Evopod™, which supports one or more horizontal axis turbines. A key attribute of Evopod™ platform and mooring technology is its suitability for operation in exposed deep water sites where severe wind and waves also make up the environment. In order to demonstrate its technology Oceanflow has deployed a grid connected 35kW Evopod™ (E35-01) at its tidal site in Sanda Sound, South Kintyre, Scotland. This is the first commercial grid connected tidal site dedicated to a floating tidal turbine in the UK and data from this site will be fed into the TIDAl-EC project.
Oceanflow’s objective is to offer a low cost, low risk entry to the tidal stream and ocean current renewable energy market with its Evopod™ solution. While Oceanflow’s community energy scale project at Sanda Sound employs an in-house developed turbine-generator solution, the intent is that scaled up Evopod™ platform, mooring and power export technology will support larger turbines being developed by third party turbine manufacturers.
Evopod™ employs a simple but effective turret mooring and power export solution that allows the free floating device to maintain optimum heading into the direction of flow of the tidal stream. Evopod™ can be readily disconnected from its mooring system for relocating to port for maintenance or for change out of instrumentation to meet research project needs.
Tocardo is a leading player in the tidal energy industry. Reliability, scalability and affordability are the key principles that form the core philosophy of our business and products.
The tidal turbines developed and manufactured by Tocardo are placed in tidal currents where they generate electricity from the kinetic energy. The design of the turbines is focused in low maintenance and at the same time high performance. This results in a price of energy that can compete with fossil fuels on several locations worldwide. Developments are focused at bringing this cost of energy even further down and to scale up to commercial tidal projects.
The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh delivers world leading research in low carbon energy systems, technology and policy. There are seven integrated research areas: Electrical Power Conversion; Energy Policy, Economics and innovation; Energy Storage and Carbon Capture; Energy and Climate Change; Naval Architecture; Offshore Renewable Energy; Power Systems and SMART Grids.
The Institute has academic expertise in resource modelling and measurement, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, power electronics, control, power systems analysis and life-cycle analysis. IES has developed unique world class test facilities for wave and tidal energy, in particular the FloWave Combined Wave and Current Test Tank.
Staff play a central role in marine renewable research at both a national and international level. It hosts the EPSRC-funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, and is founder and chair of the Ocean Energy Group within the European Energy Research Alliance.
FiberSensing is a world leader in the development and production of advanced monitoring systems based on optical Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology.
Founded in April 2004 as a spin-off from INESC Porto (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto), the company is supported by competences in fiber optic technology, optoelectronics, digital electronics and instrumentation, offering the most complete portfolio of FBG sensors, measurement units and software packages.
In addition, FiberSensing provides technologically advanced solutions for monitoring, including custom development of OEM systems and monitoring projects.
SINTEF Energy Research has a strong research profile and together with industry and other research centres is involved in seven of the Research Council of Norway’s Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The Company has a strong position in the EU’s Framework Programme for research with extensive activities in sectors such as energy planning, wind power, transport of CO2, and purification technology for gas and coal power. The Company’s scientific standing has been advanced by the realization of Stortingets (Norwegian parliament) Climate Agreement. This has placed us among the leaders of European energy research.
We focus on finding solutions related to power production and conversion, transmission / distribution and the end use of energy both onshore and offshore / subsea. We cover all the key areas from the indoor climate and energy use in buildings to gas technology, combustion, bioenergy, refrigeration engineering and technology for the food and nutrition industry.
Minesto is a marine energy company on the mission to minimize the global footprint of the energy industry by enabling commercial power production from low velocity tidal and ocean currents.
Minesto’s award winning and patented product, Deep Green, is the only proven marine power plant that operates cost efficiently in areas with low velocity currents. Deep Green resembles an underwater kite with a wing and a turbine that is attached by a tether to a fixed point on the ocean bed, moving swiftly in an 8-shaped trajectory in the current.
Minesto was founded in 2007 and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Northern Ireland, UK. The major shareholders in Minesto are BGA Invest, Midroc New Technology, Saab Group and Chalmers University of Technology. Anders Jansson is the company’s CEO.
The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) recently merged with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. The ORE Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.
We combine world-class research, development, demonstration and testing facilities with leadership, industrial reach and engineering expertise to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy technology innovation.
We are not-for-distributed-profit and will collaborate widely to de-risk and commercialise technological solutions and standards that can be embraced by the market.
Abundant, affordable energy from offshore wind, wave and tide.
To accelerate the development, testing, commercialisation and deployment of offshore renewable energy technologies, enabling a vibrant sector driven by research and innovation, collaboration and enhanced knowledge, that generates affordable, low carbon power and considerable UK economic benefit.
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