The Project

The Open Centre Tidal Turbine Industrial Capability (OCTTIC) project is a €3m EU Horizon 2020 funded project, to support the establishment of an industrial platform to deliver commercially viable tidal energy turbines, at scale. Led by OpenHydro, the project consortium includes the industrial companies CMI group, Nitronica and JL Mag.

The main aim of the project is to improve the economics of the Open-Centre in-stream tidal turbine, through advancing of the turbine system design to allow for improvements in performance, efficiency and reliability. This will deliver a significant reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) of the turbines, which would allow this form of tidal energy generation to be cost competitive with other forms of renewable energy. OCTTIC will establish a robust supply chain to allow OpenHydro to manufacture, assemble and deploy tidal turbines on an industrial scale. The key deliverable of the project will be to deploy an array of tidal turbines, at a significantly improved efficiency and a lower cost, thus supporting the key goals of security of supply, delivery of a tidal energy industry and decarbonisation within the European Union.

Key Information

  • The Open-Centre Tidal Turbine Industrial Capability project (OCTTIC) is a €3m Horizon2020 funded projects comprising of a consortium of 3 industrial partners and led by OpenHydro.
  • The project will establish and industrial platform to deliver commercially viable tidal energy turbines at scale.
  • OCTTIC aims to significantly reduce the cost of energy production from tidal turbines, by reducing the installed cost per turbine by 46%.
  • The project aims to improve the efficiency of the technology and engage the supply chain, reducing the lead time for supply of turbines significantly.
  • The outcomes of the project will help launch the commercial phase of tidal energy development, supporting business plans and attracting investment.
  • The project will support the target of a cost competitive form of tidal energy, matching the price of offshore wind.
  • This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovations programme under Grant Agreement 730659.
  • The project will include deployment of the Normandie Hydro tidal array, a 14MW tidal energy project off the North Coast of France.