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VALARRAY

Optimisation software for tidal and floating offshore turbine arrays: state of the art, comparison and new tools specification

Duration: 1 year

Project description

The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is significantly influenced by the optimisation of the farm layout of Marine Renewable Energies. Today, no commercial software is available allowing dedicated tidal or floating offshore wind applications and managing the simultaneous optimisation of several criteria, such as the layout of energy converters (EC), the control strategy of ECs, bottom-surface connections and foundations or the inter-array electrical layout...

In the framework of VALARRAY project, the actions to be taken are therefore:

  • Identify and classify existing software solutions ;
  • Gather and prioritize the needs of stakeholders ;
  • Test the available solutions and compare them rigorously through a benchmarking of the selected relevant software ;
  • Run a gap analysis and define the action plan for the selection and development of a tool set fulfilling the sector’s needs.

Resources that will be implemented are the following:  24 programs already identified (commercial, open-source, academic, proprietary…), involvement of industrial partner end-users, realistic test conditions and an Advisory-Board consulted for strategic orientations.

Objectives

  • Identify the state of the art of optimisation software for marine renewable energies farms
  • Specification of stakeholder needs not addressed by available software
  • Gap analysis and action plan
  • Feasibility study for the rapid development of an appropriate suite of tools

Partners

Coordination: France Energies Marines
Scientific and technical management: France Energies Marines
  

VALARRAY project partners

This work received support from France Energies Marines and State aid managed by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future program (ANR-10-IEED-0006-29). It is one of the winners of the 2017 "Renewable Marine Energies" call for projects launched as part of the "Institutes for Energy Transition" action of the Future Investment Programme.
 
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12/02/2019 - Participating in user needs consultation