Tank Testing and Numerical Modeling

The latest tests were carried out with Professor Peter Frigaard from Aalborg University (AAU).

The AAU’s impressive facilities and team emulate harsh offshore environments using scaled models in a 10 m long 2D wave tank equipped with wave generator, wave absorber, wave gauges and real-time measurement system that offer the possibility of online tests to verify the control performance and power out.

We carried out over 300 test runs in the wave tank to verify the numerical model which has been developed in collaboration with Professor Harry Bingham, Senior Researcher Robert Read and MSc student Daniel Enevoldsen from Danish Technology University (DTU MEK).

Tank test
Tank test

The numerical model enables us to optimize power production by the Smart Power Wave Buoy in any scale size and wave condition. This means we can accurately predict what power supply is required by any customer for any project - a huge step forward for our technology giving us and therefore our customers, a competitive advantage in harnessing wave energy using our simple and very cost-effective solution.

In these tests the buoy used was on a scale 1:20 relative to the North Sea with waves in the tank also 1:20 of the North Sea meaning the 30cm waves we tested were equivalent to the actual buoy being in 6m waves in the North Sea!

You can sign up here to receive more information on our numerical model and the findings from Daniel’s thesis.