The Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project has published new guidance advising on the assessment of reliability in marine energy converters.
The new reliability methodology looks at the design criteria for marine energy converters, with the different phases of Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) explained in detail.
The report titled ‘Reliability Guidance for Marine Energy Converters’ transfers experience in the application of VMEA from the automotive and aerospace industries to the ocean energy sector.
To demonstrate the application of VMEA, the guidance document also provides case studies looking at structural, electrical and mooring/foundation elements of devices, with a short reference guide and template provided to support future application of the tool.
It was developed by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, in association with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the ORE Catapult Development Services.
The RiaSoR project is funded by the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET) First Joint Call 2014, in association with Scottish Enterprise, InnovateUK and Swedish Energy Agency.