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Marine data toolbox will support energy developers

By Staff Reporter

RESOURCE CODE consortium at Ifremer in Brest June 2019 (copyright EMEC)
RESOURCE CODE consortium at Ifremer in Brest June 2019 (copyright EMEC)

Wave and tidal data from across north-west Europe will be shared in a new online portal to help marine energy developers access detailed information.

A new project has been launched to support investment and growth in the wave and tidal energy sector through the creation of an integrated marine data toolbox.

The ResourceCode project will provide 30 years of data for analysis, giving technology developers and supply chain companies the ability to improve engineering designs and optimise operations in highly demanding marine environments.

The project is being run by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in partnership with Ifremer, Ocean Data Lab, SmartBay Ireland, Centrale Nantes, University College Dublin, University of Edinburgh and INNOSEA.

ResourceCode will drive forward the development and validation of cutting-edge resource datasets using partner data from the laboratory, state-of-the-art modelling techniques, satellite and the extensive metocean datasets held by the partners.

Central to this will be the expansion of Ifremer’s flagship HOMERE metocean hindcast database, which currently only covers France and the English Channel, to cover north-west Europe. This will provide validated, high-resolution, reliable hindcast wave data for the marine renewable energy industry.

Ruari Brooker, project manager at EMEC, said: “The ResourceCode project brings together an international consortium of businesses and marine renewable energy test sites supported by established academic partners, which blends the necessary expertise for the project. EMEC is delighted to lead this project and work in partnership to develop the marine data toolbox which will deliver significant benefits for the energy sector.”

The toolbox is due to be launched in 2021.

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