ICOE 2016 Workshop


Workshop on wave energy converter technology requirement specification and performance metrics

At Edinburgh, Scotland

Post ICOE, Friday 26 February 2016
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: EICC, Edinburgh

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) are organizing a joint workshop on wave energy convert (WEC) system requirements and performance metrics. The goal of the workshop is to reach out to the wider wave energy community to facilitate input into the important specification of WEC system requirements and the formulation of performance metrics.

This workshop contributes to the system requirement specification and technology performance level (TPL) developments in the Structured Innovation project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and progresses the definition of performance metrics to be used in the stage gate funding approach by WES.

Active participation in this workshop will be of value for technology developers, supporting OEMs, certifying bodies as well as the private investment and financing community and public funding bodies.

Attendees are invited to register with ashleigh.finlayson@hient.co.uk in order to receive relevant documentation prior to the workshop.

Ancillary Information

Both the specification of system requirements and the definition of performance metrics are of crucial importance to the successful development of wave energy converter technology.

The system requirement specification spells out the wave energy problem statement of the functions that the technology has to fulfill in all its life phases and under the corresponding environmental conditions. Its correct formulation and close adherence to this ensure that the processes of invention, development, design, build and operation are on target and deliver high value WEC technology.

Appropriate performance metrics are required at all stages of the development in order to be able to assess the techno-economic performance potential of a given WEC technology when fully developed and operated under commercial conditions. This enables:

  • Identification of the value of technology under development and across different WEC archetypes,
  • Technology development decisions and system optimization to best increase technology value,
  • Targeted allocation of public funds and private investment towards the best technology solutions.


  • 8:30 – 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:40 Workshop introduction

    Jochem Weber & Henry Jeffrey
    WEC technology system requirement specification

  • 9:40 – 10:50 Breakout session 1: System requirements

    Introduction: Jochem Weber

  • 10:50 – 11:30 Feedback by attendees
    WEC Technology system requirement metrics and thresholds
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Breakout session 2: System requirement metrics and thresholds 1

    Introduction: Henry Jeffrey

  • 12:30 – 13:00 Feedback by attendees
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Breakout session 3: System requirement metrics and thresholds 2
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Feedback by attendees
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Break
  • 15:45 – 16:20 Conclusions: System requirements
  • 16:20 – 17:00 Conclusions: System requirement metrics and thresholds