The objective of the task was to carry out at least three tidal energy demonstration cases to showcase the applicability of the tools to concept generation and selection, technology development and farm deployment and optimisation. Where possible, demonstration cases with strong links across the tools were selected, and priority was given to real cases (cases at highest TRL) where real data could be obtained. The aim of this document is to present the activity carried out by the three industrial partners, Orbital Marine Power, Sabella, and Nova Innovation, who validated the DTOceanPlus suite of tools against five tidal energy validation scenarios.
These tidal scenarios have been structured since the first phase of the project. These five validation scenarios aim to validate the three tools: the Structured Innovation, Stage Gate and Deployment & Assessment tools at different aggregation levels: array, device, and sub-system. The industrial partners solved real tidal energy use cases using the DTOceanPlus suite of tools with real input regarding their technology. The objectives focused on different aspects such as: improving a floating tidal energy connection subsystem, assessing and demonstrating the development stage of two tidal energy technologies, validating tidal array deployments at different sites to provide third party evidence, and validating scaling up of a tidal energy drivetrain for a deployment site.
During the validation activity, the industrial partners worked in a strong cooperative way with academic partners and modules developers to jointly solve software’s errors and improve modules functionalities and relevant interconnection. This enhancement process led to four integrated tools software releases: from v0.9.0 (02/07/21) till V1.1.1, the optimised version that achieved the TRL6 maturity and was issued for public use on 31 August.