ICOE2018, the 7th International Conference on Ocean Energy, focused on the industrial development of ocean energy was held in Cherbourg, Normandy, from june 12th to 14th in La Cité de la Mer. The Powerkite project presented a paper ”Concept Array design for Tidal kite power generators”.
The PowerKite project and Minesto’s unique marine energy technology Deep Green are right now being promoted at the Mission Innovation/Clean Energy Ministerial that are taking place in Beijing on 6–8 June.
In parallel with the Ministerial a Technology Exhibition is held. In a European Commission booth showcasing Horizon 2020 clean energy projects to ministers, clean energy business leaders, experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders, Minesto and Deep Green is one of the key features.
In parallel with the Ministerial a Technology Exhibition is held. In a European Commission booth showcasing Horizon 2020 clean energy projects to ministers, clean energy business leaders, experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders, PowerKite project is one of the key features.
Yesterday, the stand was visited by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources James Gordon Carr, and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union.
PowerKite project partner AC&E is based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a UK National Science and Innovation Campus established in 2006 to support high-tech companies like AC&E to accelerate the growth of their business through innovation, collaboration and access to world-class technology facilities.
In the beginning of June 2016, AC&E promoted the PowerKite project at its exhibition stand for Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Open Week, a successful event which attracted more than 7,500 members of the public and which was shortlisted for ‘Best Project’ in the 2017 UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) awards held in May 2017.
Sci-Tech Daresbury also picked up the award for “setting the pace” in innovation and for supporting the growth of knowledge-based firms at the UKSPA awards.
During the Open Week event, many members of the public from young children through to those of more mature years learned details about the PowerKite project and AC&E’s contribution in computer modelling and simulation to predict, understand and improve the kite performance in operating conditions to maximize the generation of energy.
The project was very well received for its green credentials, especially since it extracted renewable energy from a predictable resource that made no adverse impact on the visible landscape.
AC&E looks forward to informing the public of a successful PowerKite project at the next open event in 2018.
Earlier this month, a film crew from Euronews visited Minesto’s test and demonstration facilities in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland as they wanted to make a TV documentary report on the Deep Green technology and the work being carried out in the PowerKite project. Euronews, a 24-hour information network, is the most-watched news channel in Europe.
Over the course of two days the crew filmed operations at the test site and conducted interviews with consortium partners.
The report is part of a programme called Futuris on European science, research and innovation. It will air throughout this week on the Euronews cable network channel, broadcasted to 400 million households in 155 countries world-wide in EuroNews’ thirteen broadcasting languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Ukrainian, Greek and Hungarian).
In March 2017, Dr Louise Kregting gave a guest seminar at the Australian Maritime College part of University of Tasmania in Australia on the environmental interactions of marine renewables titled ‘Queen’s University Belfast: The past and present research on wave and tidal devices with a focus on the environmental interactions’.
The Powerkite project was featured in this seminar as Dr Kregting is leading the environmental work package of the Powerkite Project and discussed the ongoing work being carried out on the environmental interaction and assessment of the collision risk and noise of the kite with marine animals.
On 1–2 February, the PowerKite project held its third project meeting. This time we visited Engie Lab Laborelec, located just outside Brussels. The project meeting discussed progress and plans for the next period, and preparations for the upcoming periodic reporting. There was also time to visit several laboratories of Engie Laborelec:
Building Integrated Photovoltaic project of the Solar lab
Smart Home Lab, learning about their activities which are focused on
addressing the needs of the end user of today, by assessing the products and solutions, prototype development, lab/field testing and data analysis
constructing the landscape of the homes of tomorrow, by evaluating the impact of evolving technologies
Storage Lab, presenting their activities on technology evaluation, laboratory testing of storage solutions and remote monitoring, storage dimension assessment and energy management system design.