International collaboration launched to develop next generation OEAs

A major international collaborative project involving seven partners from across Europe is set to drive forward the development of cost effective components, specifically designed for the reliable and sustainable delivery of ocean energy.

The 36 month Oceanera-Net project is led by Spain’s Tecnalia, with partners Zunibal, Ditrel Industrial, WavEC Offshore Renewables, Smartbay Ireland Ltd, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Cluster Association of the Basque Country.

The project aims to establish the global requirements and specific challenges of the next generation of reliable and cost-effective monitoring, control and connection components for ocean energy arrays. It will then take forward the development of four critical components, namely a safety monitoring and control device, a wave measurement buoy, an umbilical cable monitoring device and an underwater device-to-cable connector for a floating energy converter.

Ocean energy technologies are moving steadily from laboratory scale models to real scale prototypes and arrays of converters. Delivering reliable and cost-effective technologies will be paramount to the ultimate commercial success of Europe’s ocean energy industry and therefore identifying common components will help reduce costs by driving down both capital and operational expenditure, ramping up volume manufacturing.