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International Metrics Development

Workshop on Metrics Used for Measuring Success of Wave Energy Converters


  • Project Lead

    Wave Energy Scotland Ltd

  • Author

    Wave Energy Scotland Ltd

  • Date

    February 2016

This workshop was a collaboration between Wave Energy Scotland and the US Department of Energy.

This document summarises the outcomes of the Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and US Department of Energy (DOE) joint workshop for key stakeholders within the wave energy industry, held in Edinburgh on February 26th 2016.

The main objectives were to review and agree on a list of capabilities and functional requirements for a Wave Energy Converter (WEC), to identify which functional requirements could be associated with capabilities, and to identify and agree on a measureable set of suitable metrics to support a list of WEC requirements.  An additional objective was to identify appropriate numerical thresholds for each metric.

The outputs for the workshop will form a valuable input to the on-going joint effort between WES and the DOE to define technology requirements and stage gate metrics for WEC technology development. The workshop was led by Jonathan Hodges, Research and Business Development Manager for WES, and Jochem Weber, Chief Engineer for the Water Power Programme at NREL. A further 52 key stakeholders from 10 countries and 37 different companies were present, covering a broad range of competencies.

This report has been created to capture the outcomes of the workshop, by providing:

  1. A summary of the discussions taking place within each group during each break out session
  2. A summary of the metrics and numerical thresholds which had been agreed within each group

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