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Smart mooring for safe and efficient ocean energy production

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The SMARTMOORING technologies

The Smartmooring project develops sensor-equipped mooring components for marine energy systems. The in-situ sensors will enable data-driven design optimizations, predictive maintenance, and in-operation optimization of energy yield.

World class ocean energy systems

Ocean energy is a renewable and abundant source of clean electricity that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. Smartmooring focus on wave and tidal energy but the results are relevant for all types of moored ocean energy systems. 

Innovative fiber sensors

Fiber optic sensors can provide robust, and precise sensor data in minimally invasive installations. The Smartmooring project develops sensors and compact assemblies customized for the mooring components. Interrogation systems are developed to accomodate for the (very) large number of sensors and high interrogation speed needed.  

Embedded intelligence

The Smartmooring technologies will provide real time data of the load, temperature, health and shape of the mooring components. Embedded intelligence in critical components of the ocean energy systems. 

Data-driven design and operation strategies

Real time data from mooring components can be used for e.g. optimization of design, predictive maintenance strategies, and adjustments of operation parameters to maximize energy output. The Smartmooring project develops the strategies for real implementations of the smart sensors. 

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The Smartmooring project is a collaboration between Calsens, CorPower Ocean, Minesto, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, University Gustave Eiffel, and the Technical University of Valencia. The project has been awarded funding within the Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP) program. 

  • Project period: December 2023 - November 2025

  • Funding: 1'517 kEuro

  • Project ID: CETP-2022-00382

  • Coordinator: Åsa Claesson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden,

Image credit: CorPower Ocean.



Calsens is an SME with expertise in fibre optic sensor development, commercialization, system integration, and industrial applications. They have previously developed several sensor systems that collect
data from different locations that are separated by more than 100 km, from more than 500 sensors/points in real time using 4G/5G communications and developed systems for recording and processing huge amounts of data.

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CorPower Ocean

CorPower Ocean brings high-efficiency Wave Energy technology enabling reliable and cost-effective harvesting of electricity from ocean waves. With research and development spanning decades, CorPower Ocean’s innovations are inspired by the pumping principle of the human heart. Ocean energy brings stability to the clean energy mix, accelerating the transition to zero-carbon energy. Headquartered in Sweden, with offices in Portugal, Norway and Scotland, CorPower Ocean design, build and install turnkey solutions that allow customers to power the planet with clean energy from ocean waves.

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Minesto is a global leader in tidal energy systems. The company is part of one of the world's most ambitious transition schemes as the Faroe Islands aim for 100% renewables by 2030. The proposed buildout of 200 MW tidal arrays is expected to meet 40% of the country's growing electricity consumption. 

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RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

RISE is the fourth largest research institute of its kind in Europe, with almost 3000 employees and facilities across Sweden and abroad. RISE has one of the leading laboratories in Europe for development
and manufacture of advanced optical fibers (‘RISE Fiberlab’), and long experience in applied research,
development, and industrial validation/verification of fibre optic sensing. RISE coordinates Smartmooring.

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University Gustave Eiffel 

Univ. Gustave Eiffel has experimental facilities that allow doing mechanical property tests on large scale cables and components (up to 15 meters long). The laboratory has developed a specific fatigue test bench for cables up to 30 000kN for static tests and 2000kN in dynamic tests (tensile and bending tests, DNV standards). 

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Technical University of Valencia

The Technical University of Valencia (UPV) is a leading institution in Spain regarding Technology Transfer. The UPV Photonics Research Labs (PRL) has advanced facilities for making different types of gratings in specialty fibres in any place of fibre. The PRL also has a special lab with modern tools to develop and study sensor interrogation techniques. Their equipment covers a wide range, from high-UV light to the 2-micron range, allowing for diverse research and development in photonics.


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