Photo: FPP’s basin test campaign at IHCantabria (Courtesy of FPP)

Floating Power Plants looks to boost wave energy engineering ranks

Danish company Floating Power Plant is looking to expand its team with two openings for hydrodynamic wave energy converter modelers to help deliver its floating wind and wave device hybrid.

FPP’s basin test campaign at IHCantabria (Courtesy of FPP)
FPP’s basin test campaign at IHCantabria (Courtesy of FPP)

Floating Power Plant (FPP) is looking for hydrodynamicists, with expertise in Matlab, Simulink and wave energy converters, to join its fast-growing business and team aiming to deliver the commercial-scale floating wind and wave energy hybrid platform.

According to the company, the candidates should have a good understanding of the equation of motion for a wave energy converter in the time domain, as well as good understanding of hydrodynamic interactions.

The candidates should also possess Masters’ degree minimum, and preferably a PhD in hydrodynamic modelling of wave energy converters, and also must be eligible to work in the EU.

One position will be based at Vallensbæk in Denmark, while the other will be headquartered in Canary Islands in Spain.

FPP is developing a commercial-scale version of the P80 platform – a floating semi-submersible platform that will at full scale host a single wind turbine from 4-10MW, to be further supported with 2-3.6MW of wave power.

The P80 platform is anchored by using a standard turret mooring technology that has been proven, and is still used, by the oil and gas industry.

The combination of the mooring system, the platform design and the high wave energy absorption ensures that the platform vanes 360 degrees in order to face the incoming waves, according to FPP.

The company recently completed the trials on the scaled platform at IHCantabria research institute’s wave basin, which was overseen by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) from Orkney which observed the behavior of FPP’s platform under misaligned winds and waves during the trials.

Worth noting, FPP signed an agreement with the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) to test its 5MW hybrid floating wind and wave energy platform in real sea environment, offshore the coast of Gran Canaria.

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