National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) have released an updated version of WEC-Sim wave energy converter simulator.
WEC-Sim is an open source wave energy converter simulation tool jointly developed by NREL and SNL with funding from the US Department of Energy.
WEC-SIM is developed to aid device manufacturers, project developers, and other interested parties to analyze and optimize proof-of-concept and prototype wave energy conversion (WEC) devices.
This simulation tool has the ability to model devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems.
The updated version implements a multi-branch approach, allowing users to use the stable ‘master’ branch or the more advanced/under development ‘dev’ branch.
A public source code is available to developers, regulators, researchers, and other interested parties for download, together with the user’s manual.
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