The announcement from WES sees Arup join forces with a number of organisations to run studies of two potential materials that could improve the robustness and cost effectiveness of wave generation devices.
The first study, which is led by the firm and being undertaken with Cruz Atcheson, Sea Power, Wello and British Precast, considers the potential for concrete to become the main structural material for wave energy conversion devices, with the consequence a potentially steep decline in the levelised cost of electricity from the technology.
The second study, in which the firm supports Cruz Atcheson, is focused on assessing the potential for reinforced polymers featuring as part of hybrid structure for the main energy conversion devices. The firms will, in particular, focus on the material as the structural material for prime mover of point absorbers, with Arup performing analysis of the design structures and design support for the hybrid designs.
The studies will leverage a previous study, the ‘Wave Energy Scotland’s Forces & Stresses Landscaping Study’, developed by Arup and Cruz Atcheson. Commenting on the new commissions, Jacob Ahlqvist, Project Manager at Arup, remarks, “We are focused on finding a step change solution for wave energy conversion devices to help wave power reach its potential both off the coast of Scotland and worldwide. In our work with Wave Energy Scotland we will be drawing on decades of experience designing offshore structures and working with a range of materials in harsh environments.”
Tim Hurst, Managing Director at Wave Energy Scotland, says, “Wave Energy Scotland is pleased that the programme will benefit from Arup’s considerable wealth of knowledge about structural materials and manufacturing processes. I am looking forward to hearing the conclusions from these studies and the materials’ applicability to wave energy converters.”