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WaveDrive

PTO Stage 2 - Public Report - Trident Energy Ltd


  • Stage

    Stage 2

  • Project Lead

    Trident Energy Ltd

  • Project Sub-Contractors

    SgurrEnergy Ltd, University of Warwick, 42 Technology Ltd, Enercro Ltd

  • Author

    Trident Energy Ltd

  • Date

    June 2017

This is the PTO stage 2 project summary report for the Trident Energy WaveDrive project. This project designs and develops a low cost, highly reliable and highly controllable linear generator (LG) power take off (PTO) technology for wave energy converters (WECs), combining detailed engineering design work with an advanced “wave to wire” model which allowed simulation of PTO performance across the full range of wave conditions and for a wide range of WEC devices.

The development of the direct drive linear generator as a power take-off (PTO) system for wave energy converters directly addresses the cost, reliability and maintainability issues associated with current PTO solutions. In addition the development of an associated real-time control system based on solid state power electronics leads to significantly increased technology performance for wave energy converters.

Project Keywords: PTO, Linear Generator, Magnet, Lessons Learnt