EMEC and FloWave join forces
The European Marine Energy Centre and Edinburgh University’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility have joined forces to offer tank testing.
The two test centres will work together to offer real world technical input and sophisticated tank testing capability to developers applying to Wave Energy Scotland’s latest funding call on novel waveenergy converter concepts.
Announced recently, the WES call will offer up to 100% funding to develop novel wave energy concepts that have not previously been developed and characterised.
“FloWave is already developing tools to replicate the exact conditions experienced at EMEC within the test tank – a vital tool for demonstrating that device concepts are both ‘fit for purpose’ and should proceed to the next developmental stage of funding from Wave Energy Scotland,” said FloWave chief executive Stuart Brown.
“By ensuring that tank testing reflects real world conditions to the greatest extent possible, and in particular the actual EMEC sites where devices are likely to be deployed in the later stages of development, FloWave and EMEC can jointly offer a clear route ‘from the lab to the ocean’ for any new technology,” Brown explained.
Image: Wave test tank in Scotland (FloWave)