Attenuator Cost of Energy Reduction (ACER)
Sea Power Ltd, Rockall Research Ltd, Offshore Subsea Consultancy Services Ltd, FloWave TT Ltd, 4c Design Ltd, Ideality Ltd
The Sea Power Platform is a two-body Wave Energy Converter (WEC) that has been under development since 2008. The WEC is classed as a floating attenuator device with energy extracted via the relative motion of two bodies connected by a hinged joint. A PTO system interfaces the two bodies at the hinge and extracts power by damping the motions of the device in wave climates.
The aim of the project was to advance our understanding of the Sea Power Platform: its response to extreme conditions and the effect of various types of control on both the loading (pressures, forces, moments, etc.) and expected power capture. The outputs of the project should identify a route to achieving the target LCOE cost of £150/MWh.
Activities involved in delivering this included:
- Numerical modelling to optimise the device geometry for power capture;
- Physical testing at two scales (1:25 & 1:50) & numerical modelling to produce a prediction of performance and loading at full scale;
- Estimation of annual power capture of a full-scale device at a range of deployment locations;
Development of the concept design of the full scale WEC;
- Front End Engineering Design of a partial scale open water demonstrator device;
- Operations planning for installation, maintenance & retrieval of a partial scale WEC;
- Planning of test activities for an open water partial scale WEC;
- Further development of a scalable, interactive cost model.
The key features of the project technology, and its anticipated advantages are summarised as follows:
- Simple technology for converting wave motion to WEC motion – low risk, predictable;
- Novel modular tension bolted chassis;
- Range of PTO options are applicable – rotary or linear;
- Range of control options – can enhance power extraction and/or limit loading.
This is the public report from the WES Stage 2 project for the Sea Power Platform, a two-body Wave Energy Converter (WEC) classed as a floating attenuator device with energy extracted via the relative motion of two bodies connected by a hinged joint.View Details