Hallo, Haven Van Oostende!

The first components of the Ostend Research Tower have arrived in Belgium. The following weeks are planned for the commissioning in the Port of Ostend, followed by the installation after Easter. We like to thank all the contributors for the great support within the last weeks.

De eerste onderdelen van de Onderzoekstoren voor Oostende zijn gearriveerd in België. De inbedrijfstelling van de toren in de haven van Oostende is gepland voor de komende weken en wordt gevold door de installatie na Pasen. Wij zouden graag alle bijdragers willen bedanken voor de fantastische ondersteuning gedurende de laatste weken.

Fresh Out Of The Paint Shop


After several weeks of intense work, during the last few days the main components of the Ostend Research Tower have been painted. Outstanding work includes outfitting and finishing tasks and these are already underway at the tower manufacturer EEW and the secondary steel provider NAVIKON. Following completion of the finishing works, the components will be transported by road to the port of Ostend for the final commissioning and pre-installation preparation.

NEMOS is very happy with the project progress and the cooperation with EEW and NAVIKON. The whole NEMOS team is now very much looking forward to the installation works in Belgium, expected in April / May 2019.


Tower picure by EEW, secondary steel picture by NEMOS.

NEMOS Wins MaRINET2 Funding


NEMOS is in high spirits following a successful bid for the third MaRINET2 funding call. MaRINET2 provides up to €1.2 million worth of free lab, tank and open-sea testing to offshore energy developers. Under the program, NEMOS has been granted two weeks of experimental testing at the exceptional Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory at the University of Plymouth, England.

The Ocean Basin in the COAST Lab offers water depths up to 3 m, a broad range of regular and irregular sea states as well as currents perpendicular to the mean wave direction and represents an extremely valuable testing opportunity for the latest NEMOS wave energy converter concepts. NEMOS has attended the COAST Lab twice in the past and has been delighted with the facility and its staff.

The COAST Lab is ideally suited for intensive experimental investigations of the behaviour, loads and efficiency of the NEMOS system in operational and extreme sea states. Results of the testing will be incorporated into the NEMOS cost model to optimise the system for reduced costs of energy. In addition, ongoing validation of computer models will be conducted. The test campaign is planned to take place in the summer of 2019.

2018 - A Successful Year For NEMOS


NEMOS can look back at 2018 as an exciting and successful year. Good progress has been made on the design and construction of the 2019 Research Tower, due to be installed in Oostende in 2019. Today, the premanufactured foundation for the top structure was delivered to NAVIKON SRY LTD in Poland. In the following weeks, NAVIKON will manufacture the rest of the powerhouse on top of the foundation. The boat landing for the Ostend Research Tower is also being manufactured by NAVIKON, with the tower structure being manufactured in Germany by EEW. Once complete, the research structure will weigh approximately 80 tons.

Meanwhile, the NEMOS team is working to finalise the design of the 2019 Wave Energy Converter Prototype. The first components have already been ordered, and the team is looking forward to sea-testing the new prototype in the New Year. The new machine has an 8 by 2 meter floater, connected via belts to a generator mounted on a submerged, high hydrodynamic resistance structure. This design minimises mooring loads and significantly reduces the cost of installation.

The NEMOS team would like to take this opportunity to thank all its supporters and suppliers for their assistance and advice over the past year. Happy Holidays!

OESA Project Awarded


NEMOS is delighted to announce that it has joined the Ocean Energy Scale Up Alliance (OESA). OESA is coordinated by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and has received funding to support the accelerated deployment of ocean energy pilots in the North Sea Region over the next three years.

In addition to DMEC, the service providers are the European Marine Energy Centre, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK), Aalborg University (DK), Danish Wave Energy Centre, ÅKP (Blue Maritime Cluster, NO), Uppsala University (SE) and SSPA Sweden.

The pilot projects come from Tocardo Tidal Power (tidal power, NL), Seabased (wave energy, NO), Floating Power Plant (combined wave and wind energy, DK), Seawirl (SE) and NEMOS.

Justin den Hartog, Head of Operations DMEC, said: “OESA is the first collaboration project uniting ocean energy expertise from organizations in the North Sea region. The region has a large track record in both ocean energy and offshore, thereby able to build the cornerstones of a sector that can power the North Sea Region’s renewable energy mix to build a sustainable future”.

NEMOS will use its involvement in OESA to continue the development and testing of its wave energy device concept as it moves closer to commercialisation.

NEMOS Team Is Further Growing


The beginning of November brought some changes to the NEMOS Team: We are pleased to welcome two new colleagues, Oliver Epsom and Clara Hüsken. Oliver has considerable experience of offshore engineering, marine and naval operations and the design of wave and wind energy devices. Clara joins our team after finishing her master studies in ocean engineering. She already demonstrated her skills working for NEMOS as a student trainee. We are excited to have the two colleagues contributing to the NEMOS development and are very much looking forward to a successful collaboration. On the other hand, a long-term employee Julius Schay left the company. We thank Julius for the great collaboration and wish him all the best for his personal and professional life.

Ostend Research Tower: Successful Due Diligence


The Technical Due Diligence process that was launched to accompany the project until commissioning successfully reached its first goal. The thorough analysis by independent third-party experts proved that the designed components are in conformity with the basis of the applicable standards. The NEMOS engineering team now proceeds with the manufacturing-relaunch of the research structures’ components and the detailed installation planning in close cooperation with local Belgian manufacturers and installation providers.

The independent review not only proves that the design complies with all specifications. The NEMOS engineering team especially was able to proof its capabilities regarding offshore engineering. The provided design documents resulted in no major queries by the auditing organisation. Load assessments and subsequent calculations as well as the software used were considered as state of the art in the design process of offshore structures. Regarding this, the NEMOS team is happy to notify that the knowledge gained within years of offshore wave energy converter development meets the industry standard.

Next Generation WEC Model Successfully Deployed


After intense weeks of development and manufacturing, the NEMOS team successfully tested the first scaled model of the next generation wave energy converter (WEC) under realistic environmental conditions. This model features a 1:3 scale relating to the planned NEMOS Ostend WEC. After initial tank tests at the DST Duisburg the model was deployed at the NEMOS nearshore test site at Nissum Bredning in August.

This next generation WEC features advanced solutions, especially for the integration of the power take-off (PTO) components. Here, several approaches were successfully developed and tested. These developments are showing that the new concept works without the tower infrastructure that was required for the previous design. Based on the knowledge gained out of the test campaigns in the tank in Duisburg as well as the nearshore tests in Denmark, the concept is now finalized for deployment in Ostend in larger scale.

The NEMOS team is especially proud that the test campaign in Denmark worked out as a smooth out of the box run. Returning from the trip, the test crew reported that the setup functioned as planned in a plug-and-play manner. Without incidents, the required tests were performed with high efficiency within a few days.


Become Part Of The NEMOS Team


As recent feasibility studies of the next generation NEMOS Wave Energy Converter were successful, we would like to enlarge our team and are searching for an experienced Mechatronics Technician as well as for Student Assistants who are familiar with topics like engineering design, mechanics or electronics and come with a hands-on-mentality.
You will become part of an ambitious team with the opportunity to work on multiple high-tech topics in the fields of offshore-engineering, wave energy and the development of high performance components. We offer you the chance to show and extend your abilities, not only on the drawing board but also in the field by setting up and running test benches and experiments.
For more details please browse our published announcements (https://www.nemos.org/jobs) or send your unsolicited application to career@nemos.org. In addition to that, we regularly offer interesting and challenging topics for Bachelor and Master theses.

Ostend Research Station Due Diligence Started

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Moving forward in the development path, NEMOS is preparing the installation of the Ostend Research Tower that will provide the required infrastructure for the next generation NEMOS Wave Energy Converter prototype that is currently being developed. With the Belgian Development Agency POM West-Vlaanderen (http://pomwvl.be/) NEMOS found a cooperation partner who is planning to provide this research infrastructure for further ocean energy and marine research activities for years to come. To build this sustainable solution on a solid foundation, a technical due diligence process was launched that will accompany the project until commissioning.