These tools will link the Ireland/Wales Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to a techno-economic model. This will enable the assessment of MRE sites in relation to resource, optimum technology, cable routes, logistics, grid connection etc.
There are no specific design codes for MRE and methodologies taken from the Oil & Gas Industry are generally used. However, these are not suited to MRE and do not provide optimum designs. In Selkie, foundation and mooring work will be led by the beneficiary GDG Ltd.
Selkie focuses on research in wave and tidal energy modelling and array interaction and correlation using a modified Computational Fluid Dynamics Technique. Led by SU.
Evaluation and monitoring of pilot designs through sophisticated sensors are critical for understanding and learning purposes, as well as guiding new improved designs.
The Selkie project will develop a suite of bespoke models for the MRE sector to optimise logistics and O&M processes, building upon the knowledge developed within the offshore wind industry but incorporating solutions for the additional challenges that are specific to MRE.
The team will “get technology in the water” at pre-commercial pilot stage (up to TRL6) at established deployment zones in, Ireland and Wales.