Wave Energy Transition to Future by Evolution of Engineering and Technology
Recent experience in wave energy has revealed issues with reliability of technical components, survivability, high development costs and risks, long time to market, as well as industrial scalability of proposed and tested technologies.
However, wave energy is technically feasible and has vast potential to fulfill part of the global demand for a clean and safe energy source so as to integrate the backbone of a secure energy system in the next few decades and contribute to the creation of jobs in the Eu and worldwide.
The WETFEET project, funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, addresses the major constraints that have been delaying wave energy’s progress by identifying and developing components, systems and processes to improve the sector as a whole.
A set of ‘breakthrough features’ are targeted, including:
While these breakthrough features are expected to positively impact the wave energy sector as a whole, the work is focused on their development and integration into two different wave energy converters (WECs), namely (i) the OWC (Oscillating Water Column), both with structures undertaking significant and limited heaving motions, and (ii) the Symphony, a variable volume submerged buoy, a follow-up of the Teamwork’s AWS (Archimedes Wave Swing) concept.
The project also considers cross-cutting aspects such as logistics and supply chain, as well as environmental and socio-economic issues.
Interrelation between the WETFEET work packages.