The second version of the wave and tidal energy arrays design tool DTOcean has been delivered by Irish consultancy Data Only Greater.
DTOcean 2.0 is the product of 18 months of development by Data Only Greater while partnering with Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory based in the United States. Following the release in January 2017 of the first version of the tool which was the ultimate deliverable of the DTOcean FP7 EU 3-year project gathering 19 international partners, Sandia has been helping to identify bugs in the software and evaluate its effectiveness by comparing the output to wave and tidal energy reference models.
The new version fixes several problems identified with the original release, offering full levelized cost of energy (LCoE) calculation for the first time. DTOcean 2.0 also adds functionality to help developers quantify risk to profitability resulting from the unique environmental conditions faced by ocean energy technologies.
The DTOcean software package is available as a free download from github.com/DTOcean/dtocean. New video tutorials, demonstrating installation of DTOcean, are available at Data Only Greater’s website www.dataonlygreater.com, which also includes details of their training and development services.
The H2020 EU DTOceanPlus project partners are developing the next generation of advanced design tools. New features will include technology concept selection, facilitated by a structured innovation design tools, and technology development, enabled by a stage-gate design tool.