Ocean energy engineers tackle reliability at sea

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Engineers and academics have met to discuss ways to improve reliability for marine energy technologies.

They took part in an educational workshop reviewing new reliability methodologies developed as part of the OCEANERA-NET funded RiaSoR project.

Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) has established guidelines detailing industry best practice in reliability testing for wave and tidal energy devices.

The project has been a collaborative effort between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, both based in the UK, and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Held at the Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde University, the workshop was attended by 37 academics and engineers.

Pär Johannesson, from SP Technical Research Institute, said: “We’re delighted with the turnout at the workshop, which included engineers both wave and tidal energy technology companies. We had some really good discussions with the delegates, and look forward to seeing the methodologies now applied throughout the industry.”

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.

It is designed to enhance and simplify the evaluation of the technical and economic performance of marine energy converters.

The initiative addresses two of the major challenges for ocean energy: reliability and survivability of marine energy devices; and the design and development of components for wave and tidal energy technologies.

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