Innovation Challenges

We have identified a number of specific technology innovation challenges within the offshore renewable energy industry, the resolution of which will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, and have a positive impact on the UK economy.

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Intro

The Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) Oceanera-net project will establish industry best practice in reliability testing for wave and tidal devices through improved load measurements and verification; standardised design guidelines for marine energy systems, and increased safety in marine energy operations.

The challenge

The goal is to consistently learn from the physical interactions between the device and its environment, while embedding this understanding and building robustness into marine energy technology designs. Collaborating with European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), ORE Catapult’s role in this collaborative project involves modelling systems and developing enhanced condition monitoring methodologies to improve the reliability and availability of electrical power conversion.


The goal is to consistently learn from the physical interactions between the device and its environment

The Solution

The impact from RiaSoR on the ocean industry will be to demonstrate innovative reliability analysis. This reliability methodology is ultimately aimed at reducing Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) risks, technological risks, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs which will lower the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) for the sector.

Currently, there is a lack of available reliability data in the marine sector. RiaSoR has delivered a vital industry-wide methodology, identified and improved uncertainty of potential failure rates, and provided guidance to improve O&M strategies. Elaine Buck , Project Coordinator, EMEC

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New methodology for increasing reliability of marine energy device power energy converters at the design stage

Secured funding for phase 2 of the project to successfully apply the methodology to real-sea marine energy device deployments

Enduring international collaboration with partners and knowledge and experience sharing across international borders

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