WP2 - Refinement of User Needs

This work package will create a network of stakeholders with different profiles to have a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the needs for design tools from different points of view. The final aim is to ensure that the tools produced by DTOceanPlus will cover real industrial needs towards the development and deployment of cost-effective ocean energy devices and arrays.


Specific objectives of this work package

  • User-group forming, consultation and results analysis in order to refine functional requirements of tools.
  • Perform gap analysis of 1st generation tools functionality.
  • Gather best practices from other sectors.
  • Validation of stage-gate metric and thresholds.
  • Refinement of the tool demonstration strategy by producing demonstration scenarios.

Tasks to be performed

User-group consultation

All this task will consult appropriate stakeholder groups to gather their user requirements for advanced ocean energy design tools. User-groups will include representation of:

  • Public funders, commercial investors and insurance providers.
  • Innovators and developers.
  • Project developers, utilities and supply chain.
  • Policy makers, regulators and standardisation bodies.

Analysis of tool requirements and best practices

This task will translate stakeholder needs into detailed functional, operational, user, interfacing and data requirements. In order to focus the development effort, a gap analysis between the current state-of-the-art tools and identified stakeholder expectations will be performed. The requirements and existing best practices for the following proposed tools will be analysed, resulting in a definition of clear requirement specifications for the corresponding tool development work packages:

  • Structured Innovation (WP3), concept creation requirements and tools
  • Stage Gate (WP4) decision making requirements, tools and technology development programmes from ocean energy and other industrial sectors
  • Device / Array design and deployment (WP5) requirements and deployment design tools
  • Requirements, metrics, thresholds and tools for assessment of success of sub-systems, devices and arrays.

Among others, the full suite of requirements could include the ability to create new, new design modules, the ability to interface with other open source or proprietary software, improved dataflow to account for different data granularity in successive stages of development, as well as additional I/O and optimisation functionality.

Demonstration strategy supported by real experience and data

This task will produce detailed demonstration scenarios for different uses of the tools. The demonstration strategy will consider:

  • Two types of deployment sites, one for tidal energy and another for wave energy
  • Four technologies: Oceantec and CorPower Ocean for wave; Naval’s OpenHydro and Nova for tidal
  • Three design tools uses: technology innovation; stage gate development; array deployment and optimisation.

Related deliverables

Deliverable D2.1 - Results from user-groups consultation
Deliverable D2.2 - Functional requirements and metrics of 2nd generation design tools
Deliverable D2.3 - Demonstration methodology

Involved partners

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Tecnalia logo
Energy Systems Catapult logo
Wave Energy Scotland logo
France Energies Marines logo
WavEC Offshore Renewables logo
Aalborg University Logo
EDF logo
Enel Green Power logo
Naval Energies logo
Bureau Veritas logo
IDOM logo
Nova Innovation logo
Corpower Ocean logo
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