Photo: Illustration/Sabella's D10 tidal turbine (Courtesy of DTOceanPlus/Sabella)

DTOceanPlus design tools set for demonstration

The EU-funded DTOceanPlus project has developed standalone beta versions of the whole suite of new design tools for ocean energy systems which are now ready for the demonstration phase.

Illustration/Sabella's D10 tidal turbine (Courtesy of DTOceanPlus/Sabella)
Illustration/Sabella’s D10 tidal turbine (Courtesy of DTOceanPlus/Sabella)

The core functionality of each individual tool or module is complete and can run independently, according to DTOceanPlus, an €8 million project whose aim is to develop and demonstrate a suite of advanced second-generation design tools for the selection, development and deployment of ocean energy systems, including sub-systems, energy capture devices and arrays.

Ongoing integration of the whole software and data flow between modules will provide additional valuable results to the users, while the testing of each tool and module was also carried out in order to verify that the software meets the functional and technical requirements defined at the beginning of the project, DTOceanPlus said.

Over the next few months, the beta versions of the tools will be demonstrated against real scenarios by the industrial partners within the project.

That means that the suite will be run to showcase the applicability of the tools to concept generation and selection, technology development, plus farm deployment and optimization.

A workshop and several virtual training sessions will be organised to promote a deeper understanding of the tools and engage with potential users to facilitate adoption and usage of DTOceanPlus suite.

The final public release of the open-source software will take place at the end of August 2021, according to DTOceanPlus.

The project includes mostly European companies and organizations, with international partners from the United States.

All technical reports that describe the verification process and contain the user manuals, as well as other project deliverables, are available at the dedicated DToceanPlus site.