SE@PORTS – Sustainable Energy at Sea PORTS


INEGI, Tiago Morais, Portugal,

Project Partners:

UPorto, Portugal, Francisco Taveira Pinto,
APDL, Portugal, Amélia Castro,
FÓRUM OCEANO, Portugal, Frederico Ferreira,
IH CANTABRIA, Spain, Javier Lopez Lara,
PLOCAN, Gran Canaria – Spain, José Joaquín Hernández Brito,
IMDC, Belgium, Piet Haerens,

Project Description / Objectives:

Seaports are infrastructures with substantial energy needs (e.g., crane operation, lighting, ship demands), responsible for air pollution problems and other environmental impacts. The commitment to sustainability, motivate many ports all around the world, and particularly in Europe, to harness renewable energy resources. Funded by OCEANERA-NET, the main goal of the SE@PORTS project is to assess existing WEC’s (proven concept TRL 3) on their suitability to be integrated in seaport infrastructures and bring the selected concepts of WEC’s to the next TRL. This will be achieved through an innovative WEC concept specifically designed to be implemented in seaport breakwaters, in order to take advantage of their high exposure to the ocean waves.

By combining the current principles to harness wave energy, the new system will enable to overcome the individual limitations of each technology, while presenting a breakthrough and efficient approach to harness wave energy in seaport breakwaters.

To realize SE@PORTS ambition, it is necessary to characterize the case-study sites (WP2): (i) the offshore wave conditions, (ii) wave conditions at the toe of the breakwater, (iii) wave energy in front of the WEC. As case studies sites, the Port of Leixões (Porto, Portugal) and Port of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Spain) are suggested. Several concepts will be numerically studied in order to:
(i) study its hydrodynamic behaviour,
(ii) define the best design for the foundations,
(iii) combine different approaches of harnessing wave energy,
(iv) define which PTO is better suited for power generation,
(v) establish control strategies to be applied,
(vi) explore the integration of storage systems and, finally,
(vii) evaluate both the effectiveness and efficiency, taking into account Lean Principles by apply Lean Design-for-eXcellence (LDfX) tool. Then, the most promising concept will be physically studied in laboratory at different scales. Dissemination (WP6) will be organised around Research activities. The outcome of these activities will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. At the beginning of the project, the TRL will be 3 and in the end of the project we expect to reach the TRL 4-5 with the full set of laboratory tests of the reduced-scale models.

  • Start Date: 16/01/2017
  • End Date: 15/01/2019
  • Total Project Costs and Funding (€): Costs: 825407,21€ - Funding: 553579,77€
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