The LAMWEC project seeks to develop and test a 200kW Laminaria wave energy converter (WEC), through complementary research and test activities aimed at defining all the design improvements needed for upscaling the prototype tested in the North Sea.
A key challenge for the wave energy sector is the survivability of WECs in extreme storm conditions. The LAMWEC project will take a number of important steps to develop the Laminaria WEC and prove its survivability. These steps include:
- The design and build of a 200kW Laminaria WEC incorporating a scaled up version of the power take-off (PTO) and storm protection system;
- The development of a new anchor design suitable for a range of seabed configurations; and
- The development of a mooring and pulley system for the 11.8 metre diameter (270 tonne) device that will support the innovative storm protection system, PTO, and frame.
The LAMWEC project is made up of a consortium of ocean energy experts with over 30 years of combined practical experience in the sector. The consortium is led by Laminaria, and includes EMEC, Innosea, Ghent University, and TTI Testing.
The LAMWEC project is being funded through OCEANERA-NET, an initiative looking to address research and innovation challenges in ocean energy, coordinated by Scottish Enterprise.
LAMWEC tank testing