Team SEWEC will be spending this week testing their Floating Oscillating Water Column WEC device in the U.S Navy's Maneuvering & Seakeeping (MASK) basin at Carderock in competition for the Wave Energy Prize. The competition sees $1.5M in prize money going to the team who can best improve wave energy converter efficiency, with the overall aim of doubling energy capture from ocean waves.
Our CTO Dr. Paul McEvoy provided his expertise to the SEWEC project in modelling of the mooring system, specifically using TfI Marine polymer mooring components. Check out this video of the scaled SEWEC generator prototype to be tested.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Wave Energy Prize competition hopes to jump-start private sector innovation in the ocean energy realm, contributing to economic growth, energy security, and international competitiveness in the wave energy conversion sector.
Teams undergo a stringent application and validation process before they're allowed near the MASK basin test facility. Current finalists would have submitted their initial design proposals between April and July 2015. Following this, an expert judging panel reviewed all submissions and selected a number of Qualified Teams to develop 1/50th-scale demonstration models of their devices for proof-of-concept testing and numerical simulation between August 2015 and January 2016. In March of this year, 10 finalists were chosen to build 1/20th scale prototypes for testing at the MASK basin facility, where the devices will be tested for performance under high-energy loading to simulate an ocean environment.
We at TfI Marine wish SEWEC and all the other finalists the best of luck in the final assessment stage, and look forward to finding out the results this November.