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A new research project funded by EU Horizon in the field of electric power generation by sea waves.

The research project entitled: “MODULAR ELECTRICAL GENERATOR PTO SYSTEM FOR WAVE - MEGA PTO WAVE” has been selected for important funding by EU via Horizon (€4M). The research project aims towards clean and reliable production of electric power from the ocean waves. Through this project, a smart, scalable system will be created that adapts to changing conditions and keeps working even if a part of the system experiences a fault. By designing all aspects of the MEGA PTO to be highly modular, incorporating novel axial flux magnetic gear, electrical generator technology and adaptable power electronics, the project will make energy production more efficient and eco-friendly. This modularity creates a system that is easier to manufacture, transport, install, maintain, remove and recycle, than alternatives.

Dr. Konstantinos Gyftakis, Associate Professor of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will lead the team of the Technical University of Crete. The goal is the development of reliable fault detection methods for the electric generator and the magnetic gearbox.

The MEGA PTO Wave project brings together expertise from all over the EU to create a PTO linked to sustainable supply chains, to accelerate wave energy commercialisation to capture vast amounts of predictable energy in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, in order to meet EU NetZero targets by 2050.

The project partners:

  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Technical University of Crete, Greece
  • Supply Design Limited, UK
  • Cheros Srl, Italy
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S. Anna, Italy
  • WAVEC/Offshore Renewables – Centro de Energia Offshore Associacao, Portugal
  • CGEN Engineering Ltd, UK
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
  • Association Europeenne de l’Energie de l’Ocean, Belgium
  • Mocean Energy Ltd, UK
  • Pure Marine Gen (Ireland) Limited, Ireland
  • CETO Wave Energy Ireland Limited, Ireland
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