US tidal energy company Ocean Renewable Power Company’s (ORPC) Irish subsidiary has been selected for EU Horizon 2020 funding to develop its ocean energy technology.


Horizon 2020 is EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

With the funding, ORPC Ireland will advance the performance and reliability of ocean energy technology electrical systems by developing a robust power transfer system from the generator to the electric grid.

With Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre in the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork and lab testing conducted at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour, Ireland, system improvements will be evaluated on full-scale ORPC hydrokinetic turbine and the related costs and benefits.

ORPC president & CEO, Chris Sauer said: "The whole ocean energy industry deeply appreciates Horizon 2020’s critical support and ORPC, in particular, is thrilled to receive such a strong endorsement of our technology.

"We look forward to working with our dedicated partners in the EU to significantly advance ocean energy technologies and help secure Europe’s global competitiveness."

ORPC Ireland’s project was one of the 78 applications submitted, which has been selected to move to the grants stage under Horizon 2020 programme.

Other partners in the project include Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany; Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland; and SKF (UK), UK.

Horizon 2020 Ireland’s National Contact Point for secure, clean and efficient energy programs Philip Cheasty said: "This project will add to the positive success Ireland has achieved to date in Horizon 2020 and also contributes to marine renewable energy technology development which is one of Ireland’s 14 priority focus areas."

Image: ORPC Ireland wins grant from Horizon 2020, an EU backed funding. Photo: Courtesy of Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC.