PRESS RELEASE - Horizon2020 grant €10m to Scotrenewables FloTEC project
The European Commission’s largest research and innovation programme, Horizon2020, has awarded a grant of €10 million (£7.75m) to advance the commercialisation of Scotrenewables’ floating tidal energy technology.
The Floating Tidal Energy Commercialisation (FloTEC) project will demonstrate the potential for floating tidal systems to provide low-cost, high-value energy to the European grid mix.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, made the announcement today [23 February 2016] in his keynote address at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Edinburgh.
“I am delighted that Scotrenewables has been successful in securing €10 million from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme,” commented Mr Ewing.
“Scotrenewables has proven that collaboration is a vital component in overcoming the challenges facing successful tidal energy deployment - a view echoed by the members who have joined this impressive partnership.
“The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies have been proud supporters of Scotrenewables from the early days of the development of the SR250 prototype. Scotrenewables has taken a significant step closer to demonstrating that extracting energy from our seas can be a commercially viable, cost competitive option for producing clean, green energy.”
Following the announcement, the project partners met for the kick-off meeting.
Led by Scotrenewables, FloTEC brings together a unique partnership of the most experienced and committed commercial, industrial and research organisations involved in tidal energy today: DP Energy; Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries; the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC); ABB Ltd; EireComposites; Technology from Ideas; University College Cork; and SKF.
The FloTEC project will advance Scotrenewables’ current 2MW floating tidal technology, the SR2000, with the development of a mark 2 turbine.
The SR2000-M2 prototype will be installed alongside the SR2000-M1 at EMEC’s tidal test site at the Fall of Warness in Orkney, forming a 4MW floating tidal array to serve as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy as well as optimising energy extraction for arrays in locally varying tidal resources.
There will be a significant focus on reducing the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) at every stage of the design, build and demonstration of the SR2000-M2, with significant capital and operational cost reductions expected.
James Murray, Business Development Manager at Scotrenewables Tidal Power said:
“The ambition of FloTEC is to drive down the cost of tidal energy through the delivery of a number of targeted innovations on an enhanced variant of Scotrenewables’ SR2000 floating tidal turbine. Engineering will commence in early 2016 and will include advanced power conversion hardware, low cost manufacturing technologies, load reduction mooring components and integrated energy storage."
EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, adds:
“Having successfully tested their 250kW prototype at EMEC since 2011, we’re extremely excited to see the next generation SR2000 take its place over the coming months.
“The performance assessment at EMEC will provide evidence of the enhancements that have been made to the SR2000-M2, de-risking the technology and improving investor confidence, supporting the technology towards commercialisation”.
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About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the eighth phase of the European Commission's Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. The programme runs from 2014 – 2020 and will provide nearly €80 billion of funding, the largest of its kind to date.
The goal of Horizon2020 is to drive European economic growth and create employment through supporting projects that deliver scientific breakthroughs, show industrial leadership and tackle societal challenges.
Horizon2020 places a strong focus on supporting Europe’s transition to a secure, clean and efficient energy system. It has allocated a budget of almost €6 billion to non-nuclear research in seven specific research areas including energy consumption reduction, low carbon energy supply, alternative fuel sources, smart electricity networks and emerging technologies.
About the FloTEC consortium
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited is an engineering company based on the Orkney Islands specialising in the development of a tidal energy turbine technology with the potential to produce a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream flows. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance of units along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. www.orbitalmarine.com
ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. www.abb.com/uk
DP Energy are a global renewable energy development company with one of the largest portfolios of tidal array projects. www.dpenergy.com
ÉireComposites is an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high-performance, fibre-reinforced composite materials for the aerospace, wind energy, marine and automotive sectors. www.eirecomposites.com
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the leading and longest established test and research centre for wave and tidal energy. www.emec.org.uk
Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries have more than 150 years’ experience of heavy steel marine engineering. The company provides engineering and fabrication services to the oil and gas, offshore wind and marine energy sectors. www.harland-wolff.com
SKF: SKF delivers innovative solutions to equipment manufacturers and production facilities in every major industry worldwide. Having expertise in multiple competence areas supports SKF Life Cycle Management, a proven approach to improving equipment reliability, optimizing operational and energy efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. These competence areas include bearings and units, seals, lubrication systems, mechatronics, and a wide range of services, from 3-D computer modelling to cloud-based condition monitoring and asset management services. www.skf.com
TfI Marine (Technology from Ideas) develops and supplies elastomeric, mooring system components that reduce peak loads by ~ 70% and protect against shock loads. They are scalable for use on wave, floating wind and tidal energy devices and help reduce the overall cost of energy produced. By reducing the mooring loads they enable reductions in the device’s capital and operational costs. www.tfimarine.com
University College Cork, headquarters of the Centre for Marine and Renewable energy (MaREI) and home of Lir National Ocean Energy Test facility (Lir NOTF), are a leading research institution for marine energy. UCC will support tidal blade design, energy storage analysis and power performance assessment. www.ucc.ie, www.marei.ie, www.Lir-NOTF.com
Scotrenewables Tidal Power complete deployment of advanced modular anchoring system
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has completed deployment of its advanced modular anchoring system at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney in preparation for the installation of its SR2000 2 MW floating tidal turbine.
The anchor deployment formed part of a novel tidal anchors project for floating technologies, which was carried out in partnership with McLaughlin & Harvey, SeaRoc and Scotmarine. The aim of the project was to develop an innovative low cost anchoring system for floating tidal energy converters which could be readily installed and decommissioned utilising low cost vessels and to demonstrate the anchors on the Scotrenewables SR2000 2MW turbine installation, the largest floating tidal turbine in the world.
The project was supported by the Scottish Government’s Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund administered by the Carbon Trust, which was established to support the development of enabling technology for marine energy arrays and by Invest NI.
Scotrenewables’ philosophy for both its floating tidal turbine and anchors technology has always been to engineer out expensive, highly specialised vessels in preference for lower cost workboat style vessels for all major aspects of installation, maintenance and decommissioning. In so doing we can deliver game changing cost reduction in the levelised cost of energy from tidal energy generation. The engineering challenge has been to maintain this design approach as the company’s technology and its anchoring requirements have increased in scale.
To achieve this, Scotrenewables, in collaboration with our partners McLaughlin & Harvey and Scotmarine developed a novel installation methodology where locally cast, modular interlocking anchor blocks, could be transported to the quayside and placed on the sea-bed where they would be picked up for deployment on site using bespoke, specially designed, remotely operated lifting equipment mounted on readily available work boats. The pre-cast fibre reinforced concrete anchor modules were manufactured by McLaughlin & Harvey at a casting yard specifically set up within the harbour complex, transported to the quayside at Hatston, Orkney and placed on the sea-bed adjacent to the quayside using local heavy lifting engineers Heddle Construction. From there; anchor modules, each in excess of 64 tonnes, were transported to the EMEC tidal test site, some 30km, away by Scotmarine’s MV Orcadia II workboat with the use of the bespoke deployment frame. The process was refined such that multiples of modules could be safely deployed in a single working day.
The system, approach, installation and decommissioning procedures were developed from initial concept through to full-scale demonstration and deployment over the course of the two-year project and have proven highly successful, with the last module being installed last week, final tests will come with the SR2000 expected to be connected onsite in the coming months.
Andrew Scott, Scotrenewables CEO said, “The floating tidal anchors project has demonstrated how inexpensive gravity anchor materials can be utilised in conjunction with a highly innovative deployment approach towards a low cost anchoring solution for floating tidal installations.
The entire anchoring system was fabricated within Orkney and installed using a locally based workboat vessel, further illustrating how this approach can make full use of the local supply chain for tidal energy installations.”
Michael McSherry, McLaughlin & Harvey Marine Renewables Manager said,
“McLaughlin & Harvey are delighted at the successes of the project. We were extremely thrilled to be involved as a project partner from conception through to delivery of yet another innovative solution to provide foundations in the tidal energy sector. Through collaboration with Scotrenewables, Scotmarine and supported by the MRCF and Invest NI and drawing on our experience of over 10 years of working in the offshore renewables market McLaughlin & Harvey with our designers MMI and RPS and our suppliers have been able to deliver a cost effective foundation for the SR2000 tidal turbine, the largest tidal turbine currently being deployed anywhere in the world. We look forward to building upon our relationship with Scotrenewables to help progress the offshore renewables sector”.
Scotmarine's MV Orcadia II used for all modular anchor deployments
SKF visit to SR2000 in Belfast
SKF Ocean Energy team were in Harland and Wolff recently to inspect the final commissioning phase of Scotrenewables SR2000 floating tidal turbine before launch in March. SKF have been working with the engineering team at SRTP to supply a number of key components and systems for the turbine as well as providing engineering services, the scope includes: bearing and seal solutions, a turret slew bearing, automatic lubrication systems and condition monitoring system. SKF have also signed a memorandum of understanding with Scotrenewables that sets out SKF's ongoing commitment to support the company through to full commercialisation of its technology.
Jim Marnoch, Ocean Energy Manager at SKF said, "SKF believe the SR2000 floating design has obvious benefits in terms of access and maintainability, which can contribute to lowering the levelised Cost of Energy of the tidal sector."
SRTP CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “It’s essential to the success of the tidal sector that we have buy-in from the major supply chain companies who have the right expertise to optimise their existing technologies for this new application - and stand behind that supply, so it is a tremendous reassurance for Scotrenewables to have this commitment and relationship from a supplier of SKF’s standing as we work towards commercialising our product.”
Scotrenewables Tidal Power secures new funding to deliver world’s largest tidal turbine.
Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd (SRTP) is pleased to announce it has been successful in securing a further £5.7m from investors to allow it to demonstrate the world’s largest tidal turbine. The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal turbine sector, is currently nearing the completion of the build of its SR2000 (2MW) system in the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast; the first large scale machine the company has built. The machine is due to be launched early next year before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to commence grid connected testing.
The company’s existing shareholders (ABB, Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund/REIF, Total New Energies, Bonheur ASA & Ganger Rolf ASA) were joined by new shareholders DP Energy, Harland & Wolff and Scotmarine to provide the investment to take the SR2000 programme through the next operational phase.
Commenting on the announcement the Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing said: “I am delighted to be supporting Orcadian firm Scotrenewables. The £2.65m investment from our Renewable Energy Investment Fund is part of a £5.7m funding round, which will allow this dynamic company to complete construction of the world’s largest tidal turbine –– and to launch it at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year”. Continuing he said: “Scotland is a world leader in marine energy technologies and is committed to supporting ambitious projects like these that help us capitalise on our green energy potential.”
And added: “I was pleased to see that the company has attracted a brand new investor and I know that DP Energy will bring valuable skills and expertise to the project.”
Andrew Smith, Head of REIF, which is administered by Scottish Enterprise, said: “We believe Scotrenewables has a significant role to play in securing a leading place for Scotland in the world market for ocean energy, and it’s great to see the company making such positive progress towards the development of its SR2000 device.”
Andrew Scott, the Company’s recently appointed CEO, said: “This new investment is great news for the SR2000 programme and the team at SRTP who have put such a tremendous amount of work into this exciting technology. We look forward to getting this unit in the water next year and demonstrating the step-change advantages we are confident that our floating approach to tidal energy can offer the commercial sector.”