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Reference Number EP/V040758/1
Title MU-EDRIVE
Status Started
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES (Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 60%;
Applied Research and Development 40%;
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr N (Nick ) Baker
No email address given
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2021
End Date 31 August 2024
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £788,635
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr N (Nick ) Baker , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Dr K Gyftakis , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr M Mueller , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Mr JA Neasham , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr S Turkmen , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Mocean Energy (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract This project will use two niche applications to bridge the gap between academic excellence and industrial progress in the development of efficient pure electric power take off in wave energy converters. Compared to electrical machines in other industrial sectors, wave energy converters are slow which has led to a range of novel generators being developed, yet comparatively few have been demonstrated at full scale with developers instead preferring to use conventional generators connected via device specific mechanical linkages. Pure electric drive train concepts are known to be efficient and mechanically simple but must now be proved feasible and advantageous at a meaningful device scale. If the electrical generator is allowed to run flooded with sea water, there will be no requirement for sealing and therefore a much reduced requirement for maintenance. The concept must be demonstrated at sea whilst the performance is monitored. Investor confidence must be gained in the technology by accruing many hours of operational data. Long term operational issues of corrosion, biofouling, reliability and condition monitoring must be tackled.Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities have been at the forefront of UK academic work in electric drives and wave energy converters for decades, and this collaborative team will now deliver two niche application prototypes to demonstrate all electric drive trains for wave energy converters. The project will design and demonstrate direct drive power take off for subsea communication networks and also powering subsea equipment for the oil and gas industry. A full scale electrical machine will be demonstrated using experience provided by an industrial partner. In addition, submerged electric generators will be demonstrated at sea for 12 months using Newcastle's USMART acoustic network gateway buoy. Corrosion protection and antifouling techniques specifically for the electrical generator will be demonstrated first in the laboratory before being used in the ocean.
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