UMACK

The UMACK (Universal Mooring, Anchor & Connectivity Kit Demonstration) project started in September 2018 and will address ocean energy affordability, survivability, reliability and installation through the demonstration of a generic anchor-foundation-mooring-connectivity system which aims to reduce capital and installation costs by up to 50%.

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CorPower C3 Wave Energy Converter and SME Raptor anchor ROV in Orkney, Scotland

UMACK is being funded by Scottish Enterprise and the Swedish Energy Agency with co-funding from the OCEANERA-NET COFUND (via the European Commission under Horizon 2020).

UMACK brings together leading wave and tidal energy developers, CorPower (wave) and SME (tidal), TTI Marine Renewables (mooring experts), the test and verification facility the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and marine renewable energy modelling experts at the University of Edinburgh.

A user-group involving additional wave and tidal developers provide use-case guidance and have access to the results, to ensure sector wide impact from the project.

The joint industry effort will develop and demonstrate a remotely operated, technology agnostic, quick connect, technical anchor and smart mooring system for multiple seabed types, applicable to a wide range of marine energy technologies.

This is coupled with a streamlined marine operations strategy focused on simplifying vessel requirements, reducing cycle time for connection and retrieval of devices while increasing operational windows.

The project will demonstrate how the improved strategies and reduced downtime afforded by the system will decrease the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) and increase energy return on investment.

The UMACK solution will undergo an extensive verification and validation campaign including subsystem testing followed by open sea testing.