This work package aims to integrate all design tool modules developed in other Work Packages into software at TRL 6 that ensures smooth user experience, easy data input and visualization. Besides, WP7 is tasked with demonstrating each tool individually and integrated with the full suite. The demonstration of functionalities and the impact on technical risk reduction, energy yield, survivability, O&M cost, environmental and social impact will be made in the setting of at least eight real world deployment programmes and demonstration scenarios from WP2.
Specific objectives of this work package
- Identify data needs for the digital representation of ocean energy arrays, build a standard data model for ocean energy arrays and compile reference information for tool validation.
- Demonstrate new advanced tools based on the first experiences of ocean energy arrays.
- Release the final validated version of the 2nd generation of design tools, corresponding documentation material and support & maintenance tools.
- Reduce the technological risks for the next development stages.
- Show a significant impact potential of design decisions on future devices and arrays in terms of key metrics.
- Produce useful recommendations for stakeholders to improve global ocean energy array performance.
Tasks to be performed
Digital representation of ocean energy systems
The aim of this task is to achieve a full representation of the user requirements in a data model format using an approach based on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology, by defining “digital twins” for the elements of the whole system at different levels of aggregation. This task will enable to all the design tools to work on the same consistent data. Standard data formats will be adopted and adapted to ocean energy systems. The data models will have different levels of complexity depending on the development stage (TRL) of the system. The data model will define the objects in the array, their topology, design datasets, attributes and links to other files.
Scenario refinement and input data compilation
This task will refine the definition of the demonstration scenarios defined in WP2. During this activity, the required input data to carry out the demonstration scenarios while running the integrated toolset in demonstrating energy senarios will be identified and collected. With further detail, each scenario will be identified through a set of project data, inherent to the technology as well as meteocean conditions and other location related data. Moreover, all the reference data information will be collected. Therefore, all the data and information gathered in this task will be implemented into the digital representation model of the ocean energy system.
Design tools integration, deployment and maintenance
This task will integrate all tools into a software that will ensure a smooth user experience. Salome Platform will be used as framework provider to ensure consistent user experience across all design tools. Moreover, a data management and visualisation module will be developed to enable the user to access, modify and visualise the farm and device data. At the start of the beta phase, consortium members will be invited to download and test the code and give their input in order to arrive at a final release version of the software tools at the end of the project. A forum will be open to create a community of developers and users around the DTOceanPlus tools that will guarantee its continuous usage and future improvements after the end of the project. Besides, this task will thoroughly document the software tools.
Demonstration of wave energy scenarios
At least three wave energy demonstration cases will be run to showcase the applicability of the tools to concept generation and selection, technology development and farm deployment and optimisation. If possible, cases with strong links across the tools will be selected and priority will be given to real cases (cases at highest TRL) where real data can be obtained. A comprehensive analysis of results will be done in order to extract useful information on the impact potential of wave energy design decisions in terms of key metrics.
Demonstration of tidal energy scenarios
At least three tidal energy demonstration cases will be run to showcase the applicability of the tools to concept generation and selection, technology development and farm deployment and optimisation. If possible, cases with strong links across the tools will be selected, and priority will be given to real cases (cases at highest TRL) where real data can be obtained. A comprehensive analysis of results will be done in order to extract useful information on the impact potential of tidal energy design decisions in terms of key metrics.
This task will collect users’ feedback for improving the 2nd generation design tools beyond project end. It will also produce useful recommendations for stakeholders to improve global performance of ocean energy arrays, single devices or critical components and sub-systems based on the outcomes of the demonstration scenarios. Finally, it will demonstrate progress on reducing the technological risks for the next development stages. Tool testing and the outcomes of the demonstration scenarios will generate both quantitative and qualitative results. As added value of these outcomes, a knowledge base useful for the sector will be built upon those results and the most promising optimization strategies for future commercial array deployment will be highlighted.