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NetBuoy II

SMMP Stage 2 - Public Report - TTI


  • Stage

    Stage 2

  • Project Lead

    Tension Technology International Ltd

  • Project Sub-Contractors

    Black & Veatch Ltd, University of Strathclyde, Quoceant Ltd, TTI testing, Optimus (Aberdeen) Ltd (1)

  • Author

    Tension Technology International Ltd

  • Date

    May 2020

The Stage 2 NetBuoy project encompassed two areas Tension Technology International Ltd (TTI) sees as being key to the path towards cost competitive wave energy – impermeable fabrics to provide compliant and thus load shedding/peak load resistant buoyant modules, and fibre rope ‘load nets’ to encapsulate the buoyant modules, applying distributed restraint loads and agglomerating the distributed load back to a single or number of structural points to connect to the other parts of the WEC system such as the PTO. 

The medium-sized NetBuoy100 was ultimately chosen for more detailed engineering and cost assessment. This was benchmarked against a steel equivalent buoy to demonstrate the cost benefits and potential impact on LCoE (Levelised Cost of Energy), using the WES costing tool.

This team is currently undertaking a Stage 3 project.

Project Keywords: LCOE, Design Load Cases, Simulation, Fabrication, Survival, Structure, Testing, Point Absorber, Hybrid, Polymer, Materials, Stage 2, Lessons Learnt

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