STORM, an Innovate UK funded project, is organising a Marine Moorings Masterclass that will be held at Brunel University London on Friday, the 26th of January. The STORM (Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy) project is led by Tension Technology International (TTI) and it will present a new multi-material hybrid connector to aid the operation and lifespan of marine mooring systems.
The projectâs partners â TTI, Brunel University London, Nylacast, and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) â are inviting representatives from the offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy sectors to join them at the event and share their experiences and challenges in marine moorings. They would also like to engage with other industries that use marine moorings, such as oil & gas, so that lessons can be transferred cross-sector.
The Marine Moorings Masterclass aims to discuss the challenges and solutions and identify the existing gaps and needs of the industry. Mooring systems are critical for the success of offshore floating renewable energy devices, which are constantly pushed to their extreme limits in high energy environments, said Nigel Briggs, STORM Project Manager, at TTI.
STORM project wants to focus more on bringing together moorings experts, offshore energy developers, and supply chain companies so that they can share their challenges and learn more from each other.
By working together, and reducing duplication of effort on developing moorings solutions, marine energy developers can focus on the most vital aspect of marine energy technology development aiding there move towards commercialisation, said Nigel.
The project was funded by Innovate UK and aims to design a new multi-material hybrid connector that will be lighter, easier to assemble, and will enhance the lifespan of mooring systems. The new device will yield an increase in energy output and improvement in safety, while reducing failures and offshore maintenance operations.