SME Becomes Member of Ocean Energy Europe

Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has become the newest member of Ocean Energy Europe.

Based in the Isle of Wight, Sustainable Marine Energy is a developer of an integrated support structure for tidal energy convertors – PLAT-O.

PLAT-O, addresses the sectors two biggest challenges:

  • Dramatically reducing installation and maintenance costs;
  • Enabling deployment in deeper water where over 2/3 of the UK resource is located.

PLAT-O achieves this by reducing the self-drag and mass of the support structure, and enables installation and maintenance access to be undertaken without the need for heavy lifts. It is taut-moored, and positioned mid-water, utilising buoyancy to resist the thrust and drag forces induced by the tidal energy convertors and the structure.

SME’s technology offers a number of key features and benefits to developers:

  • Elimination of water depth constraints;
  • A stable platform below the highly energetic wave interaction zone;
  • Optimum position in water column for power extraction;
  • Housing of power electronics and control systems, and access at the surface;
  • Robust, yet compliant; reduces loads imposed on tidal turbine drive trains;
  • Scalability (suitable for small-scale and utility-scale projects);
  • Reduced footprint compared with catenary moored systems;
  • Can be anchored in any type of seabed, and is tolerant of uneven terrain;
  • Compatibility with most leading turbine developers’ technology and adaptable for a wide range of tidal turbine configurations.

Press Release, April 25, 2014; Image: SME

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