The Advanced Rotational Moulding for Ocean Renewables (ARMOR) project aims to reduce the capital cost of device structures by circa 45% in order to create a step change in the levelised cost of energy for wave energy converters.
Its unique selling point is that it is both technology and solution agnostic bringing the widest solution of patented rotational moulding composites (from strength enhancing carbon and graphene nano additives to unique anti-fouling composites and integrated ‘health monitoring’ self sensing polymers) to the most appropriate device concepts while ensuring the solution is as broadly, commercially applicable as possible.
The project shall undertake an initial device screening exercise to identify the most appropriate concepts. This shall be followed up by detailed device designs and load modelling, iteratively undertaken in parallel with the material selection review. The final material selection shall therefore be optimised to the final device design to maximise LCOE metrics. From this, manufacturing studies, cost modelling and risk evaluation shall be undertaken to ensure that the project meets its target ambition.
The project brings together a strong consortium of wave energy experts (Wave Venture and the Carbon Trust) for device and LCOE modelling as well as composite material design and manufacturing experts (Crompton Moulding and Haydale Composites) for material selection and testing. This shall ensure that the final composite solution will be both commercially applicable, ready to manufacture and fit for purpose.