Fabrication of Oyster

Technology Readiness Levels

Applied and strategic research

1. Basic principles observed and reported
2. Technology concept and/or application formulated
3. Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
4. Component and/or partial system validation in a laboratory environment

Technology validation

5. Component and/or partial system validation in a relevant environment
6. System/subsystem model validation in a relevant environment

System validation

7. System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
8. Actual system completed and service qualified through test and demonstration
9. Actual system proven through successful mission operation

 

DEVELOPMENT STEPS FOR WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY SYSTEMS

For both technologies the development from conceptual idea to commercial stage is envisaged to grow through five defined stages, each followed by a gate to determine what is next. In the wave energy protocol each stage includes defined Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

Wave energy development protocol
Task report 02-2.1
Tidal current development protocol
Task report 02-2.2
Stage 1

TRL 1-3
Concept validation. Prove the basic concept from wave flume tests in small scaleTidal-current energy conversion concept formulated (Scope of Protocol begins here)Stage 1
Stage 2

TRL 4
Design validation. Subsystem testing at intermediate scale, Flume tests scale 1:10, Survivability; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Finite Element Analysis Dynamic Analysis; Engineering Design (Prototype); feasibility and costingIntermediate scale subsystem testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Dynamic AnalysisStage 2
Stage 3

TRL 5-6
Testing operational scaled models at sea + subsystem testing at large scaleSubsystem testing at large scaleStage 3
Stage 4

TRL 7-8
Full-scale prototype tested at seaFull-scale prototype tested at seaStage 4
Stage 5

TRL 9
Economic validation; several units of pre-commercial machines tested at sea for an extended period of time.Commercial demonstrator tested at sea for an extended period.Stage 5

Source: OES-IA Document nÂș T02-0.0


 

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