C-GEN Direct Drive


Stage 3

Project Lead

University of Edinburgh

Project Sub-Contractors

Fountain Design Ltd, CETO Wave Energy UK Ltd, University of Strathclyde, Supply Design Ltd, Forth Ports Ltd, Bernard Hunter Ltd, Hayward Tyler Ltd, Laminaria

The C-GEN generator is a novel direct drive linear generator which is easy to manufacture and assemble, as well as being highly efficient over a wide range of loads. A number of prototypes have been demonstrated to confirm the scientific and technical rigour of the concept, including a 50kW prototype for wave energy applications.

This project focused on understanding how generator windings and bearings perform under marinisation. Results from modelling and testing fed into the design tool to be used for full scale designs of existing wave devices, to demonstrate total energy cost of £150/MWh.