WaveRoller up for new round of trials at Queen’s Uni Belfast

Wave basin at Queen's University Belfast (Photo: AW-Energy)

Finnish developer AW-Energy has secured additional funding from the MaRINET2 program to continue WaveRoller device tank testing under a second collaboration project with Queen’s University Belfast.

The 6-month project, spanning from April to October 2018, represents the continuation of the investigation of both the operational and extreme loads the WaveRoller solution will be subjected in marine conditions.

Matti Vuorinen, AW-Energy’s Marine Engineer, said: “This time we’re going to test some new ideas and areas for optimization that became clear after analyzing the previous test results.”

The first collaboration yielded favorable results as they showed that calculations used for the design were accurate, according to AW-Energy.

Results of the second project are expected to further enable the optimization of the WaveRoller foundation, the company said.

MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million project which includes 39 organizations representing some of the top offshore renewable energy testing facilities in Europe and globally. The project depends on strong international ties across Europe and draws on the expertise and participation of 13 countries.

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