This project brings together 13 partners across 7 European countries. All partners have been selected because of their track record and expertise in Wave or Ocean Energy Systems.
The project brings together a mix of RTD performers and SME’s selected from across the European Union for their track records, complementarity and relevant experience. The project has also enlisted the commitment of the Device Developers from the EU funded projects as Associate Partners to ensure that the project goals are both timely and relevant.
. Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre, University College Cork
The Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) at University College Cork was established in 1979. It is a centre of excellence within Ireland for Ocean Renewables and Coastal Engineering providing support to the maritime industry as well as fundamental R&D. The Centre, which is principally a dedicated research facility, also offers a teaching and education function. It houses the only facilities for wave simulation in Ireland with a Wave Flume and an Ocean Wave Basin.
. The Queen’s University of Belfast
QUB designed, constructed and operated Britain's first wave power station (OWC) located on the Isle of Islay. This work lead to the construction of the 500kW LIMPET plant which was commissioned in 2001 and is now being commercially developed. Inherent within these projects was significant research and implementation of the Wells turbine, remote data acquisition and data management systems. Current research is focussed on bottom-mounted flap wave energy convertors with associated research into alternative power take-off scenarios.
. Instituto Superior Técnico
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Faculty of Engineering of Lisbon Technical University, is the oldest and widely regarded as the most prestigious school of Engineering in Portugal. IST’s mission is to contribute to the development of society by promoting a higher education of outstanding quality in the areas of Engineering, Science and Technology, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and by carrying out research and development activities in accordance with the highest international standards. It has about 8000 undergraduate and 1500 graduate students. Its teaching staff is 890, of whom 754 hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
. University of Exeter
University of Exeter is a leading UK research University, with strong groups in Engineering, Renewable Energy and Climate Change. It has provided a significant contribution to the Supergen Marine EPSRC research Project.
. Aalborg Universitet
The Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University has performed over 25 years of research
related to wave loads on coastal structures, their structural behaviour and their impact on the environment. Many types of protecting structures including breakwaters have been studied in detail in two and three dimensional physical model as well as in the field.
The Wave Energy Research Group at Department of Civil Engineering carries out research and development within the field of utilization of wave energy.
. Fraunhofer IWES
Fraunhofer IWES, previously known as ISET, was established in 1988 as an “associate institute” of the University of Kassel. It is now a part of the Fraunhoferr-Gesellschaft group . Today, the institute is engaged in applications-oriented research and development in the areas of electrical engineering and systems technology for the use of renewable energies and decentralised power supply. ISET works in wind energy, photovoltaics, biomass energy, hydro power and marine energies. Further topics are hybrid systems, energy economy, energy conversion and storage as well as training programmes.
. Fundacion Robotiker
ROBOTIKER Technology Centre, founded in 1985, is a private non-profit making Foundation whose purpose
is to contribute actively to sustainable development in society through Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R+D+I). ROBOTIKER is a member of TECNALIA Technology Corporation, a European representative agent in the Technological Innovation world. The participation of ROBOTIKER in CORES will be performed by its ENERGY Unit, which is highly specialised in Electro-technologies, mainly focused on Renewable Energy Sources and their integration into
the electricity system.
. Marine Computation Services Ltd
MCS is a riser and subsea engineering company, with extensive experience in all phases of offshore riser
mooring and subsea developments (a through life engineering support from front end conceptual and detail design to verification, installation, and integrity management and operations support services). MCS provides advanced engineering solutions and industry recognised software for risers, umbilicals, flowlines and flow assurance for floating developments and subsea tiebacks to operators and contractors. They have worked on the majority of the FPSOs in the world and cover all of the main oil and gas markets.
. Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
The University of Bologna (UB) is the oldest university in the world, established in 1088. The group has participated and coordinated several national and international projects, gaining relevant experience in several fields of coastal engineering (including structure dynamics) and in risk analysis.
. KYMANER - Tecnologias Energeticas, Lda
KYMANER is an SME with expertise in the fields of hydro-mechanical systems (mini-hydro), industrialisation
and composite materials, providing global engineering, design and turnkey project delivery services, from project definition all the way through to supply, installation and maintenance. KYMANER specializes in engineering and integrated refurbishment services in the field within the mechanical engineering sector. KYMANER is currently involved in the rehabilitation project of the 400 kW OWC wave power plant on the island of Pico, Azores, the first wave power plant to be permanently connected to the grid.
. Ocean Energy Limited
Ocean Energy Ltd is a small marine consultancy firm concentrating in specialist marine services and the
development of ocean energy convertors in particular. The founder, Mr. Michael Whelan, has over 30 years experience in marine operations, towing, salvage and Marine consultancy, gained from work with many international oil companies. The company also have expertise in specialised venture capital schemes, especially in waste management and renewable energy. The OE Buoy wave energy device is now completing intermediate scale testing at the Galway Bay Test Site prior to deployment at full size in the open ocean.
. University of Limerick
The University of Limerick (UL) has one of the leading wave energy research group in Europe. The Wave
Energy Research Team (WERT) at UL is involved in a number of projects with national and international collaborators. The aim of WERT is to develop turbine technology for Wave Energy Power Plants (WEPP) for Ireland, Europe and International market. It brings together the expertise of staff within the College of Engineering – Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering and the Department of Manufacturing & Operational Engineering. On the national level, WERT has strong collaboration with Electricity Supply Board International, University College Cork, Marine Institute and several wave energy developers.
. Wave Energy Centre – Centro de Energia das Ondas
WavEC is a private non-profit association created in 2003 devoted to the development and promotion of
wave energy utilisation through technical and strategic support to companies. Currently formed with 12 associates (developing teams, engineering and construction firms, research institutions, project developers and utilities) willing to develop wave energy and recognising the need for international cooperation.