Effective Lifetime Extension in the Marine Environment for Tidal Energy

Project Implementation Period: 
June 2019 - May 2022
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement 815180


Overall budget: €4,984,622.50
EU contribution: €4,984,622.50

About the Project: 

Tidal power – produced by the surge of ocean waters during the rise and fall of tides – is a major renewable energy source, but the technology is still in its infancy. The EU-funded ELEMENT project will develop a new tidal turbine control system (based on wind turbine technology) to optimise performance and cut the lifetime cost of energy by 17 %. This will make the EU tidal energy sector commercially viable. It will demonstrate a prototype system using onshore bench-testing, tow testing and in-sea deployment at two real tidal sites. A demonstration of subsea and floating devices will also be undertaken. The project will also seek to increase public awareness and support for tidal energy projects.

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Project partners

  • Nova Innovation LTD - Coordinator (UK);
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK);
  • Chantier Bretagne Sud (FR);
  • Wood Group France SAS (FR);
  • University of Strathclyde (UK);
  • Agence Intercommunale de Developpement des arrondissements de Tournai d'Ath et de communes avoisinantes (BE);
  • Association de Prefiguration de l’Institut d'excellence des Energies Decarbonees (IEED) France Energies Marines (FR);