Webinar: Investigating novel devices before moving towards convergence of design
23 March 2018
4.00pm (Brussels, Berlin, Paris)
3.00pm (London, Dublin, Lisbon)
Matthew Holland, Wave Energy Scotland
Marco Fontana, University of Trento
The argument around the optimal concept for wave energy has yet to be settled and further research is needed to reach a consensus.
This webinar explored the goals of funding organisations such as Wave Energy Scotland, and how these goals correspond with the needs of developers working on novel wave energy devices, such as PolyWEC.
Findings of discussion:
- Convergence in the wave energy sector could take several forms. Different markets, locations and sites will have specific needs and it is likely that a single device type will not meet them all.
- Research into new novel WEC concepts is still ongoing and still very important for the sector. Technology push funding programmes such as WES are vital for their development, and for obtaining a greater understanding of their attractiveness and risks.
- Applying technologies and learnings which are more conventional in other sectors could lead to new concepts for wave energy converters which are only possible by this transfer of knowledge.
- A key issue in terms of researching novel WEC devices is bringing results from the laboratory to industry. The research at many European universities is isolated from larger projects, and this hinders the development of their research and the confidence in their conclusions in terms of progressing performance and technical readiness.
- Through programmes such as WES, funding for wave energy projects is becoming more structured and focused than in the past. This focus should be to deliver projects that really work. This is being enabled by WES who structure their programmes to deliver quantifiable outputs through thoroughly planned, sustainable, testing programmes that address the project’s key development objectives and technical risks.