Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays

Duration: 36 months (2014 - 2017)


Farm architecture, electrical infrastructure, operation, maintenance, mooring lines and foundations, as well as installation and logistics, represent major challenges that must be addressed before the ocean energy sector can consider the commercialisation stage. While the current conditions are acceptable for the development phase (prototype testing), they are not yet acceptable for the deployment of medium and large-scale farms. Not overlooking the design complexities brought about by the scale of the farm or not properly understand the economic and environmental impacts can have significant consequences for the overall project.


  • To accelerate the industrial development of knowledge related to wave and tidal energy production.
  • To provide design tools for the deployment of the first generation of ocean energy systems.

Scientific and technical contents

  • Characterisation of the hydrodynamic interaction between the turbines of a farm and its effects on the resource, performance, cost and environmental impact.
  • Definition of the technically and economically optimal configurations of the offshore power grid.
  • Development of models providing recommendations in terms of mooring lines and foundations.
  • Design of optimal logistical solutions for the construction, installation, operation and dismantling phases of farms.
  • Identification, adaptation and development of methods for the operational optimisation of farm architecture.


Released tools

Public deliverables (PDF)

Scientific publications

Partners and funding

This project was led by the University of Edinburgh.

The total project budget was €5,372K.

This project receives/received funding from the European Union’s FP7 programme.

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