Marine energy company AW-Energy has secured additional funding from the MaRINET2 programme to continue tank tests with a second collaboration project with Queen’s University Belfast.
Courtesy of AW-Energy
The 6-month project runs from April to October 2018 and is a continuation of the investigation of both the operational and extreme loads the WaveRoller solution is subjected to in marine conditions.
“This time we’re going to test some new ideas and areas for optimisation that became clear after analysing the previous test results” said AW-Energy Marine Engineer Matti Vuorinen. “The first collaboration yielded favourable results as the test results showed calculations used for the design are accurate. Results of the second project are expected to further enable the optimisation of the WaveRoller foundation”.
MaRINET2 is a 10.5 million euro project which includes 39 organisations representing some of the top offshore renewable energy testing facilities in Europe and globally. The project depends on strong international ties across Europe and draws on the expertise and participation of 13 countries.
AW-Energy is a leading company in the green economy. Its major product, WaveRoller, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple continents cooperating with strong industrial partners.
Image: The Wave Basin testing tank at Portaferry, Queen’s University, Belfast (AW-Energy)