Orbital Marine Power is leading a pan-European consortium to deliver the FORWARD2030 project, to accelerate the commercial deployment of floating tidal stream energy. FORWARD2030 aims to deliver a breakthrough in tidal energy that will enable 2030 MW of tidal stream deployment by 2030. FORWARD2030 also aims to accelerate cost reduction of tidal stream technology, reducing costs by a further 25% by 2024.
The project has five specific objectives:
- Reducing Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) by 25%
- Enhancing environmental and societal acceptance
- Complete industrial design for volume manufacture rollout for 10 MW and 100+ MW projects
- Reducing life cycle carbon emissions by 33% from 18 gCO2 eq/kWh to 12 gCO2 eq/kWh
- Enhancing commercial returns and energy system integration (with battery storage and green hydrogen production)
The FORWARD2030 €26.7m project, has received €20.5m of grant support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (under grant agreement No 101037125) to develop a multi-vector energy system for the future.
Multi-vector energy system
The multi-vector energy system will combine:
- Predictable floating tidal energy
- Wind generation
- Grid export
- Battery storage
- Green hydrogen production
Reducing cost of tidal energy
The project will see the installation of the next iteration of the Orbital tidal stream turbine, integrated with a hydrogen production facility and battery storage already installed at EMEC in Orkney, with an additional storage solution to be defined. Project partners will design options for integrating large scale tidal power into future net zero energy systems, whilst developing environmental monitoring and marine spatial planning tools for large floating tidal arrays.
During the project, Orbital will advance the company’s pioneering floating tidal turbine design, with support from technical partner SKF, who will design and build an optimised fully integrated power train solution, designed for volume manufacture. The partners will deliver several technical innovations targeting increased rated power, enhanced turbine performance and array integration solutions. These innovations will reduce the cost of Orbital’s sector-leading technology even further.
Next generation turbines
Orbital’s turbines will be deployed at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site off Eday in Orkney, where the company has already installed the O2, the world’s most powerful floating turbine. Once installed next to the O2, the new turbine will be part of the world’s most powerful floating tidal array.
EMEC will host the demonstration, facilitate hydrogen production and energy system optimisation at its tidal test site in Eday. To enhance the test programme EMEC will deliver an integrated monitoring system and develop an operational forecasting tool to optimise access for operations and maintenance.
ENGIE Laborelec will select the additional storage solution, assess large scale integration of offshore energy to the European energy system, develop a smart energy management system and an operational forecasting tool for energy systems management. As well as perform a holistic Condition Monitoring (CM) approach and introduce Current Signature Analysis in the CM. Last but not least ENGIE Laborelec will bring to the partnership their offshore expertise as well as the utility vision.
The University of Edinburgh will deliver techno-economic analysis of tidal energy, and the MaREI Centre at University College Cork will be responsible for addressing marine spatial planning issues for wide scale uptake of tidal energy.