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DESTINY - Moment-based nonlinear energy-maximising optimal control of wave energy systems to secure a renewable future – Destiny

24 months (2023)
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UE-funded research - H2020 - Excellent Science - Marie Curie
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Sole Contractor


Ocean wave energy is a massive and untapped resource, which can make a valuable contribution towards a sustainable, global, energy mix. Despite the fact that ocean waves are a vast resource, wave energy converters (WECs) have yet to make significant progress towards commercialisation. A fundamental stepping stone to achieve this objective is the availability of appropriate optimal control technology, such that energy conversion is performed as economically as possible, minimising the delivered energy cost, and operating across a wide range of ocean conditions. This project will greatly advance WEC control technology by providing a novel and reliable nonlinear optimal control framework for WECs, based on the mathematical concept of moments. Such a framework will feature an accurate nonlinear description of the physics associated with the wave energy extraction process, optimally maximising energy absorption for single devices and array configurations, and exhibiting real-time capabilities. This will provide all stakeholders in the ocean engineering and wave energy fields with a fundamental and easily-accessible tool to facilitate reaching economic viability of wave energy technology. This project is comprised of 4 scientific work packages, which accomplish: (1) generalisation of the control framework for a large class of nonlinear control- and wave-dependent effects, (2) experimental validation of the control strategy, (3) extension to WEC arrays, and (4) release of an open-source software. In addition, this fellowship will expand the career horizons of the fellow through a highly multidisciplinary plan, building upon and extending beyond his current competencies. The fellow is well-positioned to undertake this project, allowing him to fully develop innovative concepts from his PhD research. This fellowship will provide the fellow with an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a scientist and engineer, launching him on a trajectory to a productive scientific career.



ERC sectors

PE7_1 - Control engineering
PE7_12 - Electrical energy production, distribution, application
PE8_6 - Energy processes engineering
PE1_19 - Control theory and optimisation
PE7_3 - Simulation engineering and modelling

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni|Obiettivo 11. Rendere le città e gli insediamenti umani inclusivi, sicuri, duraturi e sostenibili|Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*


Total cost: € 183,473.28
Total contribution: € 183,473.28
PoliTo total cost: € 183,473.28
PoliTo contribution: € 183,473.28

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