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Landscaping Studies


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Wave Energy Scotland Ltd

During 2016, WES commissioned four 'landscaping studies' to help identify the future requirements of the wave energy sector and enable WES to target technology development where it is most needed. The topics chosen for these studies were relevant to the funding calls in preparation by WES at the time.

The four studies were:

  • Structural Materials, Coatings and Manufacturing Processes (Led by University of Edinburgh)
  • Structural Forces and Stresses for Wave Energy Devices ( Led by Ove Arup & Partners Scotland)
  • Application of Technology, Knowledge and Practice from Other Sectors (Led by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult)
  • Control Requirements for Wave Energy Converters (Led by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult)

A further four areas suitable for landscaping studies were identified during 2017. These four studies were completed and released in 2018, and covered:

  • Cost Reductions in Electrical Connections (Led by TNEI Services)
  • Cost Reductions in Moorings and Foundations (Led by Tension Technology International)
  • Very Large Scale Wave Energy Converters (Led by Ove Arup & Partners)
  • Alternative Generation Technologies (Led by Frazer-Nash Consultancy)

Cost Reduction in Supporting Infrastructure - Electrical Connection

This landscaping study investigates the electrical connection infrastructure of wave farms. It aims to identify cost reduction opportunities specific to the electrical connection infrastructure, whereby cost efficiencies made in the supporting infrastructures would in turn improve the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) for wave farms overall.

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Cost Reduction in Supporting Infrastructure - Moorings and Foundations

The objective of this Mooring and Foundation Landscaping Study was to give an overview of the current landscape while exploring the potential of mooring and foundation innovations to make an impact on reducing the cost of energy for wave energy converters (WECs).

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Very Large Scale Wave Energy Generation - Landscaping Study

This report describes a study commissioned by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) into the potential of very large scale (10MW+) Wave Energy Converters (WECs) which aims to quantify opportunities associated with very large scale wave energy generation and provide recommendations for the future approach to its realisation.

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Alternative Generation Technologies- Landscaping Study

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has commissioned this landscaping study with the aim of identifying and analysing potential alternative generation technologies which may provide opportunities for use in wave energy and provide a step change reduction in the delivered cost of energy.

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Structural Materials, Coatings and Manufacturing Processes - Landscaping Study

This Landscaping Study explores the use of materials, coatings and structures in the wider engineering and industrial sectors that may be relevant to the progression of wave energy technology.

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Structural Forces and Stresses for Wave Energy Devices - Landscaping Study

This Landscaping Study provides guidance on the application of existing methods and standards relevant to the design and analysis of WEC devices.

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Application of Technology, Knowledge and Practice from other Sectors

This Landscaping Study provides an assessment on the technological challenges facing the wave energy sector and of the cross-sector potential for technology transfer.

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Modelling and Validation of Power Take Off Systems for Control Development

This additional Controls documentation provides a condensed background description of Power Take Off modelling requirements, and Power Take Off specifications for control systems developers.

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Control Requirements for Wave Energy Converters - Landscaping Study

This Landscaping Study provides a description of WEC control requirements in both generalised and control-centric terms so as to encourage engagement with the wider control engineering community.

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