ORPC Ireland plan kicks off
EU-funded programme aims to advance hydrokinetic technology
US marine energy developer Ocean Renewable Power (ORPC) has started working on the €3.2m TAOIDE project in Ireland to advance its hydrokinetic turbine.
The technology development project is now underway after securing EU Horizon 2020 funding in June, its technical lead said.
The plan aims to validate system improvements to a full-scale ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and its associated economics.
Lab testing will take place at University College Cork’s Lir National Ocean Test Facility.
The project is being coordinated by the university college and is supported by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and SKF’s UK unit.
"Proving the functionality of a wet-gap generator will be a major development for the ocean energy industry and will make our marine renewable energy systems more competitive with other renewable energy options,” ORPC chief executive Chris Sauer said.