Lankhorst Ropes is working with SurfWEC, a partnership led by marine engineering firm Martin & Ottaway, to determine the most efficient mooring system for SurfWEC’s wave energy converters (WECs).
SurfWEC was formed to develop WECs using patented technology that shapes waves, enabling increased energy recovery rates.
Lankhorst Ropes will develop a mooring system consisting of ropes and equipment interface which allows efficient energy capture whilst enduring the dynamic forces of the ocean.
Mark Pieter Frölich, commercial director – USA, Lankhorst Ropes said, “Lankhorst Ropes looks forward to bringing its knowledge and experience of offshore mooring to this partnership with SurfWEC. Increasing sustainability is one of Lankhorst’s core values, and we are happy to join another project that will contribute towards this goal.”
SurfWEC CEO, Rik van Hemmen said, “Partnering with industry leaders, such as Lankhorst Ropes, will help SurfWEC develop a technically and commercially viable Wave Energy Converter design. Working with Lankhorst Ropes and WireCo gives SurfWEC access to a range of high performance ropes as well as decades of offshore mooring expertise.”
On December 18, 2018 SurfWEC CEO, Rik van Hemmen and Mike Raftery made the first formal presentation of the concept at a joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Society of Marine Port Engineers (SMPE) and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).