Marine-I runs a Discovery Room event on ‘Wave to Grid’
On Tuesday 26th June, Marine-i ran a Discovery Room event, ‘Wave to Grid’, at Chi Gallos, the Marine Renewables Centre at Hayle. Designed to support wave energy supply chain development in Cornwall, this was the second event in a series of Wave Energy Convertor design Discovery Rooms run by Marine-i partner, ORE Catapult.
In February 2018, ORE Catapult published a report on Tidal Stream and Wave Energy Cost Reduction and Industrial Benefit. This report revealed that, subject to revenue support, wave energy could add a net positive contribution to the UK economy.
The Discovery Room event highlighted the latest developments in Wave Energy Device Electrical Design. Presenters Dr Othmane El Mountassir (Senior Electrical Engineer at ORE Catapult) and Dr Mohammad Abusara (Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy at University of Exeter), explored Power Take Off design, generator types and their comparative advantages, power conditioning systems, subsea and dynamic cables, connectors, installation issues and grid emulation.
Delegates were largely wave developers. Most were supply chain companies based in Cornwall and the South West although the event also attracted interest from further afield with some delegates joining by Skype, including from Orkney.
The conversation included discussion on areas of best practice and identified lessons learnt from other offshore renewable sectors. Simon Cheeseman of ORE Catapult said: “This series of Wave Energy Convertor Discovery Rooms will pass on learning and encourage collaborative development of innovative technology using the tools and experience on offer through the Marine-i project.”
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