Work Packages

The TIDAL-EC project has six work packages containing tasks, milestones and deliverables.  Details of each work package are listed below.

Work Package 1: Project management
  • To provide technical coordination
  • To prepare and submit periodic and final reports to the European Commission
  • To assess technical progress of the project
  • To monitor internal financial reporting
Work Package 2: Scoping and requirements capture
  • To review the existing power take off (PTO) systems used by three tidal energy converter (TEC) developers
  • To ensure that accelerated life cycle testing can be executed on a TEC PTO, so that additional information can be obtained on the permanent magnet generator (PMG) and PTO operation
Work Package 3: PTO system design and data gathering
  • To prepare for accelerated life cycle testing
  • To complete accelerated life cycle testing of a TEC PTO benefitting from previous outputs from PMG optimisation and further TEC PTO reliability optimisation in WP4 and WP5
Work Package 4: Generator and sensor design and optimisation
  • To develop optimum generator designs for several specific turbine cases by a combined use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), advanced temperature sensing technology and experimental field testing
Work Package 5: High reliability PTO design and numerical modelling
  • To develop concept designs of two tidal turbine PTO systems that benefit from the concurrent PMG activity developed in WP4
  • To investigate the efficiency and reliability to aid technology developers to secure future investment and allowing tier 1 and 2 members of the supply chain with verification of the operation of their system to assist in future sales
Work Package 6: Exploitation and dissemination
  • To create a consortium agreement that handles all background intellectual property (IP) issues and ensures that all foreground IP belongs to the SME participants
  • To identify, assess and, where appropriate, protect all the project results
  • To develop an exploitation strategy which will become a firm business plan, including routes to market for all project results
  • To identify opportunities for financing of post-project development work
  • To develop a dissemination strategy that will enable widespread publication of the project results (after all protection activities have been concluded)
  • to disseminate the project results internally between the research and SME partners and to train the SME partners in the processes developed by the research partners
  • To create and maintain the project’s website