SELKIE Project launches open-source tool at PRIMaRE Conference 2021

SELKIE Project launches open-source tool at PRIMaRE Conference 2021

The SELKIE Project is delighted to launch the second in a series of open-source and multi-use tools for the marine renewable energy (MRE) industry. This C-ADCP (converging acoustic doppler current profiler) tool can measure high quality turbulence data in tidal stream energy sites leading to reduced costs and increased efficiency for developers and supporting the overall aim of the SELKIE project to develop a streamlined commercialisation pathway for the MRE industry.

Today, on the 29th of June at 2pm, SELKIE will be hosting a joint event with the Marine Energy Test Area (META) at PRIMaRE’s 8th conference to launch the tool. This session will focus on the development of the new SELKIE C-ADCP tool and the testing process at META as a hub for innovation and research in the marine energy sector.

The tool has been developed by Swansea University under the SELKIE project; which brings together academia and industry to boost the development of the marine energy industry in Ireland and Wales. Multi-use technology tools, templates, standards and models are being created for use across the industry. SELKIE is also developing a cross-border innovation network to increase and diversify MRE businesses in Wales and Ireland. The SELKIE Project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Programme.

The C-ADCP tool captures high resolution 3D flow velocity allowing the measurement of turbulence at all flow conditions and provides much higher quality data than a traditional (diverging) ADCP. This data will be beneficial in growing our scientific understanding and characterisation of the fluid dynamics of tidal stream sites. The tool has been designed to be easy to deploy and recover through the use of a deployment raft and self-recovery acoustic release system and so greatly reduces the traditional deployment costs of expensive vessel hire.

A quarter-scale model of this tool has been deployed at one of META’s Phase 1 Quayside sites, Criterion Jetty, to test the deployment and retrieval methodology as well as some sensor testing. META’s quayside sites provide an unparalleled easy access and low risk area for testing marine energy equipment. The full-scale unit will be deployed at META’s Phase 2 open-water tidal test site, Warrior Way, in the Autumn for full operational testing of the sensors.

Other tools currently being developed by the SELKIE project include GIS-technoeconomic models, foundations and mooring designs, computational fluid dynamic tools, drone methodologies and operations & maintenance case studies. These tools will be tested and validated on wave and tidal devices before being shared openly before the end of the project in 2023 for use by academia and industry.

Join us for the SELKIE tool launch at the PRIMaRE conference – 29th June at 2pm. The conference includes universities, industry and research centres active in all aspects of marine renewable energy and is expected to attract over 100 participants ranging from industrial developers, university researchers, marine environmentalists and policy makers.

The SELKIE project is fund by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Programme.