WaveBoost is a three-year Horizon 2020 funded project aiming to instigate a step-change improvement to reliability and performance of Wave Energy Converter through the development and validation of innovative Power Take-Off (PTO) technology.
Two key challenges associated with harnessing wave energy are addressed:
- Storm survivability: many devices can only oscillate between certain limits, and can incur damage at the extreme end of the transition point of oscillation (also known as the ‘end-stop problem’). End-stop loads and end-stop systems have been a significant cause for failure in previous wave devices, and is often a driver of large and costly structures.
- Fluctuating power input from ocean waves: Solutions to smoothen power variability over single wave cylces have been demonstrated for direct drive PTOs, but solutions addressing the variability over multiple wave cycles could improve the overall efficiency and economics of such drive trains.
The WaveBoost project is looking to demonstrate innovative end-stop and power smoothing technology. These new solutions are expected to furhter improve the survivability and reliability of resonant Wave Energy Converters.
- Improved survivability and reliability
- Improve grid integration
- PTO size reduction
- Increased energy production
The WaveBoost project brings together a consortium of sector leaders from Sweden, Portugal and the UK:
- The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), UK
- EDP Innovação SA, Portugal
- CorPower Ocean AB, Sweden
- PMC Cylinders AB, Sweden
- GS Hydro AB, Sweden
- The University of Edinburgh, UK
- WavEC Offshore Renewables, Portugal
- The Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), Sweden