Navigating the Valley of Death: Reducing Reliability Uncertainties for Marine Renewable Energy
Within the context of the collaborative European project DTOcean (Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays), this paper summarises recent research activities conducted by the University of Exeter at two purpose-built test facilities designed for MRE device concepts that are at TRLs 4-7; post-design validation and pre-full-scale testing. Studies investigating the performance and long-term durability of mooring components for MRE devices are reported which have utilised the Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) test facility and the South West Mooring Test Facility (SWMTF). In addition progress is reported on the development of numerical methods to predict component reliability. This research provides valuable and previously unreported insight into long-term component use and system design for MRE devices.