ocean energy

Tidal Energy Technologies Focus of MONITOR Project

A new Interreg Atlantic Area project focused on investigating the forces acting on blades and structures of tidal energy converters and their impact on reliability will be officially launched at the International Conference on Ocean Energy in June 2018.
Tidal Energy Technologies Focus of MONITOR Project

The MONITOR project is led by Swansea University, and brings together the European Marine Energy Centre, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Magallanes Renovables S.L., Région Normandie, Sabella S.A.S., Universidade do Algarve, Université Le Havre Normandie and University College Cork.

To kick start the project, the MONITOR consortium will host a Developer Forum on June 13th, 2018, in the Custom Room, Centre des Congrès at ICOE, in Cherbourg, France.

The Forum will include updates from developers Magallanes Renovables and Sabella, as well as discussion around computer, lab and in-sea modeling and the impact of Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology.

MONITOR aims to reduce the risk of failure of tidal energy technologies, and enhance their reliability, resulting in increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sectors.

The MONITOR project will run until 2021 and the findings will be disseminated at a variety of workshops to developers and the wider industry.

Michael Togneri, Swansea University, said, “Europe’s Atlantic coast is one of the most promising regions of the world for the growth of tidal stream energy. As part of the MONITOR project a wide range of methods will be investigated including simulations, laboratory test, and testing at sea, with the aim to develop a monitoring system that can be applied to any tidal turbine. This will ultimately de-risk development, improve reliability and lower energy costs.”

MONITOR has been funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Interreg Atlantic Area program.


Ravindra Vaidya
Congratulations. Tidal energy projects require a lot of planning, as developers are secretive about the bottlenecks faced during inception of the project. The experiences should be shared to benefit the developers so that global warming may be reduced to some extent.
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