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Article Development of an Environmental Impact Assessment Module (EIAM) in the DTOcean project
Author(s) Rui Duarte, Karine Charbonier, Morgane Lejart, Philippe Monbet, Jean-François Filipot (ICOE 2018)
Tags Design tools, DTOcean, Environmental Impact, Ocean Energy Arrays
Type Papers
File paper-rui-duarte.pdf

The “Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays” or DTOcean project, was a FP7 (Call ENERGY 2013) European Project, whose objectives were the acceleration of the industrial development of ocean energy power generation knowledge and providing a performant design tool, in the form of a software package, for deploying the first generation of wave and tidal energy converter arrays.
The software generated by the DTOcean project automates the design of a feasible array of ocean energy converters (OECs) for a relevant geographical location and technology type. The design process is modularized into the following stages: Hydrodynamics, Electrical Sub-Systems, Moorings and Foundations, Operations and Maintenance.
The software also evaluates each stage of the design, and the design as a whole, using three thematic assessments, which are: Economics, Reliability and Environmental.
The challenge and ultimate goal of the project was to optimize the designs created by the software, against a suitable metric, chosen as the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

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