Reliability guidance published
The Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project has built on experience from the automotive and aerospace industries to help support the wave and tidal sectors.
Available to download at www.riasor.eu - the ‘Reliability Guidance for Marine Energy Converters’ report has been developed by Sweden’s SP Technical Research Institute in association with the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (ODSL).
The aim of RiaSoR project is to establish industry best practice in reliability testing for wave and tidal devices by standardising design guidelines to increase safety in marine energy operations.
The new reliability methodology looks at the design criteria for marine energy converters. The guidance document also provides case studies looking at the structural, electrical, mooring and foundation elements of devices.
A workshop was held in Glasgow earlier this month to provide an overview and training on the use of the methodology.
To ensure that learning from the project is disseminated and applied throughout the industry, a video of the presentations from this workshop is also available to view here.
The RiaSoR project is funded by the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET), in association with Scottish Enterprise, InnovateUK and Swedish Energy Agency.
Karen Fraser, marine energy senior executive at Scottish Enterprise and coordinator of OCEANERA-NET, said: “I am very pleased to see this outcome.
“OCEANERA-NET aims to add value by supporting international collaboration to meet the needs of the sector, and this project is successfully tackling one of the identified key challenges, improving reliability.”