Next Generation WEC Model Successfully Deployed


After intense weeks of development and manufacturing, the NEMOS team successfully tested the first scaled model of the next generation wave energy converter (WEC) under realistic environmental conditions. This model features a 1:3 scale relating to the planned NEMOS Ostend WEC. After initial tank tests at the DST Duisburg the model was deployed at the NEMOS nearshore test site at Nissum Bredning in August.

This next generation WEC features advanced solutions, especially for the integration of the power take-off (PTO) components. Here, several approaches were successfully developed and tested. These developments are showing that the new concept works without the tower infrastructure that was required for the previous design. Based on the knowledge gained out of the test campaigns in the tank in Duisburg as well as the nearshore tests in Denmark, the concept is now finalized for deployment in Ostend in larger scale.

The NEMOS team is especially proud that the test campaign in Denmark worked out as a smooth out of the box run. Returning from the trip, the test crew reported that the setup functioned as planned in a plug-and-play manner. Without incidents, the required tests were performed with high efficiency within a few days.