Advanced design tools for ocean energy systems innovation, development and deployment

Duration: 40 months (2018 - 2021)


The Ocean Energy Roadmap indicates that ocean energy could meet 10% of the European Union’s electricity demand by 2050. The seas and oceans could therefore play an important role in meeting one of Europe’s biggest challenges today. This is to ensure the energy transition from a system based on fossil and imported fuels to a flexible and interconnected system based on clean, renewable and infinite domestic resources. The technologies for exploiting wave and tidal resources are not yet mature enough to be used on a large scale because of the still very high LCOE. This pitfall can be addressed with appropriate tools and processes that support market growth and technological innovation.


To develop the 2nd generation of a suite of open source software tools for the design and optimisation of wave and tidal farms.

Main achievements

  • Identification of end user needs
  • Development of numerical tools for structured innovation, stage-gating, deployment and evaluation of wave and tidal farms, from the subsystem to the whole farm
  • Integration of the tools and testing with real world deployments in order to achieve a TRL6 software
  • Market analysis of the ocean energy sector


DTOceanPlus project made it to develop and demonstrate an open source sotftware suite of second generation design tools for ocean energy technologies including sub-systems, energy capture devices and arrays. These tools support the entire technology innovation process, from concept, through development, to deployment. More broadly, the project also provided an industry standard for communicating technology descriptions throughout the sector. To complement the numerical work, an extensive market analysis of the ocean energy sector is publicly available.


Released tool

Public deliverables (PDF)

Scientific publications

Training material

DTOCEAN+ project fact sheet (PDF)

DTOCEAN+ project video

Partners and funding

This project is led by Tecnalia.

The total project budget is €8,000K.

This project received funding from the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.

Photo credit: Tecnalia

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