It’s All About De-Risking
A key requirement in realising the ambitious targets set for wave and tidal current generation in UK and European waters by the end of 2020 is the ability to de-risk the development and deployment of marine energy technologies. This means testing at meaningful scale, in realistic and repeatable sea conditions, in a controlled environment – but on dry land!
The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility provides such a solution, able to test between 1/10th and 1/40th scale, with combined current and wave environments representative of any of those experienced in UK, European and International waters, in a robust, repeatable and reliable manner.
Large Scale Model Testing
Large scale model testing forms the key second stage in development. The FloWave facility will for the first time allow the impact of current on wave devices to be tested in a controlled environment, prior to field testing and commercial deployment.