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Next-generation tests to develop resilient materials for offshore renewable energy devices

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PRESS RELEASE: The MORE project (Next Generation Marine Materials for Resilient Offshore Renewable Energy Devices) is pleased to announce it has received funding from the Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP) program and its national funding partners. The CETPartnership is a multilateral and strategic partnership of national and regional research, development, and innovation (RDI) programmes in European Member States and Associated Countries, aiming to boost and accelerate the energy transition and to support the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).


The MORE project is an innovative initiative aimed at creating a new robust methodology with improved tools for material selection and validation and announces its groundbreaking approach to harmonize testing procedures. This methodology is capable of generating the next generation of materials for Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) devices, overcoming the present energy and environmental challenges. MORE is a 3-year project bringing together a strong value chain from four European countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Italy) including research and innovation partners, technology developers, and actors in supply chain and validation.


The project's methodology will consider tribocorrosion (wear accelerated by corrosion) and multi-degradation (tribocorrosion accelerated by fatigue), degradation mechanisms highly affecting the field. This brand-new material selection methodology for the renewable energy sector is a significant improvement over the current incomplete conventional material selection and validation process.


MORE’s methodology incorporates the functionality of small-scale testing, up to scaled-up devices. This approach is expected to contribute significantly to directly solving the ORE sector's challenges, making a step change improvement in the reliability, performance, lifetime predictability, and longevity of their equipment.



GCE NODE strategy clearly states that we shall contribute to research, development and innovation projects supporting and encourage the cluster companies and offshore industry to increase their RD&I activities, mainly towards the green shift. The MORE project will ensure valuable technology transfer from O&G providing the much-needed tools for the successful roll out of ORE technologies. One of the key elements is to utilize results from the previous NODE ART project to further develop efficient tribo-corrosion/multi-degradation qualification testing and validation methods for the development of next generation materials; ensuring robust and cost-effective material selections of wear and corrosion resistant coatings for the wave and offshore wind energy.”

Christian von der Ohe, RD&I Manager at GCE NODE


"Thanks to the multi-degradation technique and the harmonization between small- and large-scale tests, the MORE project will help offshore renewable energy technologies in reducing their development pathways and related costs."

Giacomo Alessandri, Senior R&D Engineer at VGA


"Durability of the materials used for offshore renewable energy (ORE) devices is crucial for a successful transition to a sustainable society. Developing and implementing validation of materials in the harsh offshore environment which takes into account synergy effects of multiple degradation loads, will enable the sector to move quicker and with better confidence utilizing novel materials. The international MORE project will provide this methodology and common material selection procedure increasing the circularity and sustainability of, not only the ORE sector but society as a whole.

Olivier Rod, Vice President Material & Production at RISE


"The MORE project will boost developments for sustainable wave energy harvesting, as this key knowledge about complex multi-degradation mechanisms will be gained and utilised. Limits seen in lifetime of critical components today will be pushed forward. Thus, the technologies developed on results of the project MORE will accelerate the pace of the green shift."

Sergio Armada, Senior Researcher at SINTEF

 



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For more information about the MORE project, please visit www.more-cetp.com or contact:

 

Project Coordinator

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Johan B Lindén

+46(0)76 864 00 66


Partner information:


RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is the coordinator and applied research partner of the project. RISE has a long experience of research in the field of reliability -statistical uncertainty assessments, mechanical properties, marine biofouling, corrosion, material properties AI, Machine learning. RISE will contribute to this project with extensive experiences regarding industrial projects and user-needs within ocean energy.


The SINTEF Group is one of the largest independent research organizations in Europe. Based on our vision "Technology for a better society", and strongly guided by the UN sustainability goals, SINTEF contributes to research-based innovation with the purpose of strengthening the industrial competitiveness of its partners and customers. SINTEF Industry is one of SINTEF's six institutes and has adopted a strategy that identifies a set of major strategic priorities with the purpose to intensify our contribution to sustainable value creation for society. SINTEF Industry’s Department for Materials and Nanotechnology offers high levels of expertise in the fields of tribology, lubricants, mechanical performance, and materials integrity. Through MORE, SINTEF Industry will develop a fundamental scientific understanding of how multi-degradation mechanisms plays an important role in Wave Energy Conversion devices. It is expected that such understanding will form the basis for creating new guidelines or recommended practices that can help end users and suppliers to better material selection overall, MORE will contribute to "Blue Oceans" and "Safety and security at sea" through facilitating new, better, and more robust solutions for WECs.


NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth that also includes the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines and artistic activities. NTNU educates ca. 80% of the engineers in Norway. NTNU participates in MORE with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP), Faculty of Engineering (NTNU IV) and will offer their more than 15 years expertise in tribocorrosion and multi-degradation testing and its fundamental understanding. In this project the tasks to perform will be:

·       Develop basic and fundamental knowledge to understand the multi-degradation mechanisms occurring in the marine energy systems targeted at MORE.

·       Develop a new concept for basic research studies on multi-degradation testing.

·       Propose relevant multi-degradation protocols for the pilot testing.

·       Contribute to creation of the guidelines for qualifying new components for Offshore renewable energy sector. 

 

GCE NODE is an industry-driven cluster for ocean technologies. GCE NODE comprises 125 companies, most of which constitute a world-leading value chain of suppliers to the oil & gas, offshore, energy and maritime industries. Member companies participate in research, development and innovation projects which explore common issues that need resolve. The cluster is dedicated to increasing and facilitating world-class competency by offering insight into market developments, new industry opportunities and transfer of technology from the oil & gas sector to offshore renewables and other emerging markets and industries. GCE NODE cooperates with a wide range of research and academic institutions, national and international clusters, trade organizations, funding agencies as well as local, regional, and national government bodies and officials. The former GCE NODE ART project (NRC funded Petromaks project) led by GCE NODE is an important source of science-based knowledge to be utilised by the MORE-project, hence MORE to be considered as valuable spin-off project. GCE NODE will be responsible for transferring the existing knowledge and experience from the Norwegian Offshore O&G sector to the MORE project.


Wavepiston’s vision is to make wave energy an important player in the portfolio of renewable energy sources ensuring reliable, clean and cheap power and fresh water. Their mission is to commercialise a cost-efficient wave energy system for electricity production and desalination, replacing the dirty footprint of power generation and ensuring clean power and clean water for all.


CorPower Ocean brings high-efficiency Wave Energy technology enabling reliable and cost-effective harvesting of electricity from ocean waves. With CorPower’s research and development spanning decades, their innovation is inspired by the pumping principle of the human heart. Ocean energy brings stability to the clean energy mix, accelerating the transition to zero-carbon energy. Headquartered in Sweden, with offices in Portugal, Norway and Scotland, they design, build and install turnkey solutions that allow their customers to power the planet with clean energy from ocean waves.


SERVI aims to be a leading player within sustainable and energy-efficient Power and Motion Control systems. With Norway's largest competence environment in hydraulics, Servi has been a key player since its establishment in 1912.

In 1956 Servi started producing hydraulic cylinders. Since then, Servi has delivered a wide range of cylinders – from small industry cylinders to cylinders up to 25 meter long and 1250 mm. in diameter, to industries such as landbased, offshore, subsea, hydropower, marine and offshore wind. Servi delivers quality solutions for demanding customers and environments – with tailored coatings. Servi will contribute to the MORE project with state-of-the-art knowledge on material selection for hydraulic systems used harsh conditions. Servi will also provide the MORE project with specifications for the new materials to be tested in the frame of the project.


VGA is an engineering company based in Italy, specialized in the design and development of complex systems and high technology prototypes such as test rigs, electromechanical actuators and storage solutions. The company operates in the energy and aerospace sectors. VGA has been developing test rigs for multiple applications (e.g., fatigue, performance, reliability and end-stops) gaining an extensive knowledge. This expertise has recently been fostered by the design and manufacturing of a Dual-Hardware-in-the-loop testing platform for WEC subsystems under the H2020-IMPACT project.


Seal Engineering is dedicated to finding the best overall sealing solutions based on the latest technology, pushing materials and constructions to the next level. Over the last few years, Seal Engineering has made an extensive expansion of their research laboratory, production, and FEM simulation equipment to develop cutting-edge sealing solutions for robust, high-performing systems for the renewable energy markets.


This research was funded by CETPartnership, the Clean Energy Transition Partnership under the 2022 CETPartnership joint call for research proposals-funded by the European Commission (GAN°101069750) and with the funding organizations detailed on https://cetpartnership.eu/funding-agencies-and-call-modules. Project No CETP-2022-00345.


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