Best practice report – mooring of floating marine renewable energy devices
This report is a deliverable of MERiFIC Work Package 3: ‘Dynamic Behaviour of Marine Energy Devices’ involving the collaboration of IFREMER (Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer) in France and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. It is anticipated that the International Electrotechnical Commission’s guidelines Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters - Part 10: The assessment of mooring system for marine energy converters (MECs) will be published by the end of 2013. Although there are several guidance documents in the literature regarding the mooring of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices, the IEC document is one of the first to be produced on this subject, with guidance also available in documents produced by Det Norske Veritas. This document is intended to provide a concise introduction to mooring systems for MRE devices with reference given to guidelines and standards which may be applicable to the design of moorings for marine renewable energy (MRE) devices. The document begins by setting the scene to give background on the fundamental differences between conventional offshore equipment and MRE devices. In Section 2 design considerations are introduced, including cost, geometry and the importance of conducting risk analysis. Section 3 then gives an overview of moored system numerical modelling. Key findings of the report are then summarised in Section 4.
MERiFIC was selected under the European Cross-Border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.
MERiFIC is an EU project linking Cornwall and Finistère through the ERDF INTERREG IVa France (Manche) England programme. The project seeks to advance the adoption of marine energy in Cornwall and Finistère, with particular focus on the island communities of the Parc naturel marin d’Iroise and the Isles of Scilly. Project partners include Cornwall Council, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth and Cornwall Marine Network from the UK, and Conseil général du Finistère, Pôle Mer Bretagne, Technôpole Brest Iroise, IFREMER and Bretagne Développement Innovation from France.
Deliverable 3.5.3 from the MERiFIC Project
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