Anchoring wave energy
Sustainable offshore wave energy has the potential to make a real contribution towards the binding EU commitment to source 20% of its electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2020. The vast wave energy resource along Europe's western seaboard is unparalleled anywhere in the world. However, technical and economical hurdles associated with anchoring wave energy devices to the seabed threatens to stall and limit the impact that renewable wave energy has the potential to deliver.
GeoWAVE aims to remove these hurdles by conducting industry-specified research on a new generation of offshore anchors and mooring components, deemed to have the highest economical and technical merit for mooring wave energy converters (WECs), to enable widespread deployment on a commercial scale. This 2 year project brings together 3 SMEs, 3 RTD performers and 2 end-user groups from 5 EU member states. The research approach adopted by the consortium involves using complementary methodologies in numerical and analytical modelling, state-of-the-art wave tank and geotechnical centrifuge facilities for experimental modelling and field trials to understand the combined response of the complete WEC-mooring-anchor system and to develop economical and practical design solutions for the wave energy industry.