The Archimedes Waveswing™ wave energy converter (WEC) concept is classed as a submerged point absorber device. This project will pursue innovations that are expected to yield significant improvements to the economic performance of the concept.
The original Waveswing concept was tested and demonstrated at large scale offshore Portugal in 2004 however the configuration did not provide an economic solution at that time.
Recent research by AWS Ocean Energy has improved the fundamental understanding of the device and identified new configurations for the concept which will provide a very significant improvement in performance and the cost of energy whilst reducing technical risk.
This project will investigate the effects of the technology advances and in particular confirm the potential for projected performance improvement and cost reduction, thus setting a solid foundation for a renewed development programme for the Waveswing™ technology.