WES teams up with EMEC for wave study

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has started a new project with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to capture the wealth of knowledge and experience amassed in Orkney through testing wave energy devices in real sea conditions.

Results from the study are expected to support and inform the wave energy converter (WEC) designs currently under development.

Taking the requirements of open-water testing into consideration at an early stage of the design process will ultimately improve WEC readiness for deployment in real sea conditions, according to EMEC.

A set of guidance documents will be produced which focus on real-sea experience in compliance, handling, installation and operations and maintenance (O&M) of devices, drawing on the expertise and knowledge within Orkney’s well-established marine renewables supply chain, EMEC informed.

Tim Hurst, Managing Director at Wave Energy Scotland, said: “Information of this kind will be invaluable to developers at the early stages of wave energy converter design and development. This study will help our programme participants to make informed decisions at earlier stages of their device development. Ultimately, the results should help avoid costly errors at the deployment stage.”

EMEC states that the findings will also make it easier and quicker for developers to identify the services available to support their projects.

Elaine Buck, EMEC’s Technical Manager, added: “To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney than at any other site in the world. Our supply chain therefore has unprecedented experience in supporting installations and operations at sea. What we’d like to do is capture some of this learning to make it easier for the wave energy companies coming to EMEC in the future.”

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