Space@Sea Tests WEC Concept at DST

Horizon 2020-funded Space@Sea project is carrying out concept trials of wave energy converter (WEC) system and floater-floater connectors.

The testing is being undertaken at international research institute DST, located in University of Duisburg-Essen and one of the project partners.

Space@Sea began its work in November 2017 setting out to make a step in efficient use of the maritime environment.

DST contributes to the strategic logistic optimisation and investigates different scenarios of hinterland connections via river-sea, short sea and inland shipping.

DST is also involved, in the concept design of a method to harvest energy from relative motions between the floating modules.

Spanning over all four applications of Space@Sea DST is responsible for the design and estimation of transport related supplies, needed storage, spare parts and maintenance schedules for the platform as a whole, to guarantee the reliable operation of Space@Sea.

Besides answering logistic questions, physical model tests in waves of the developed Space@Sea subsystems complete the DST’s scope of work.

The consortium consisting of 17 European partners, aim to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by developing a standardized and cost efficient modular island with low ecological impact.

Partners working together on the project are MARIN, DeltaSync, DST, Nemos, Delft University of Technology, Mocean Offshore, TU Hamburg Harburg, Bluewater, University of Rostock, Gicon-Grossmann, Wageningen University & Research, University Duisburg-Essen, TU Graz, Waterstudio, Icepronav, Val Fou and GeoSea.

Final results of Space@Sea project are to be expected by November 2020.