The SUREWAVE project's journey continues in WageningenπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

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As we step into the second year of this EU-funded endeavour, our consortium (SINTEF, MARIN, Ceit Research Center, Sunlit Sea, ACCIONA, IFEU, and Clement Germany GmbH) remains dedicated to overcoming the challenges of extreme marine conditions for large-scale offshore FPV deployment.

Where better to kick off our 12-month meeting than at MARIN's headquarters for wave-tank testing?

🌊 What goes on in a wave tank?
Wave-tank testing, a cornerstone of maritime research, involves simulating real-life marine conditions in a controlled environment. At MARIN, we use their state-of-the-art facilities to replicate the high winds, currents and waves our floating photovoltaic (FPV) systems will face in the open sea.

We can observe and measure how our floating breakwater and PV modules behave under various marine stressors by conducting these experiments in a wave tank. It includes testing their stability, durability, and energy efficiency in conditions that mimic the harsh realities of the sea.

πŸ’‘ Why is wave-tank testing crucial at this point of our research?
The importance of wave-tank testing cannot be understated. It offers us a unique opportunity to:
  1. Precisely evaluate: Test our designs against the full spectrum of marine conditions they will encounter.
  2. Identify and address challenges: Spot potential weaknesses and optimize the design for maximum resilience and efficiency.
  3. Ensure safety and reliability: Our systems can withstand extreme conditions without compromising functionality or security.
  4. Accelerate innovation: Fast-track the development process by allowing us to make rapid, data-driven adjustments.

In essence, wave-tank testing is our gateway to ensuring that the SUREWAVE concept is innovative but also practical and robust in the face of nature's might.

SureWave 12 month consortium meeting

Last week we had the immense pleasure to join the 12 month meeting organized by the Surewave consortium and hosted by Marin in Wageningen, NL. Those two days have let us share the great progress accomplished over the past 6 months.

We have discussed:
  • Connector loads and resistance with the work from Sunlit Sea (NO) & Sintef (NO)
  • Floating breakwater design and mooring with Clement (DE)
  • Circular concrete material designed for the Floating breakwater composition thanks to Acciona (SP)
But more importantly, through the tremendous work led by Marin (NL), with the help of CEIT(SP) for the sensors, we have witnessed some of the model scale tests investigated in the wave basin of Marin installations.

Last but not least, the second day of the gathering let us tackle the subject of the life cycle assessment of the future system. A work conducted by The institute for Energy and Environmental research (DE).

Meeting in person the other members of the consortium enabled us to truly address the challenges offered by this project, as well as knowing each other a little bit better as professionals.

Now off to work !
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Clement Germany calculations

Clement Germany has conducted complex calculations to pinpoint the optimal design for our breakwater and floating photovoltaic (PV) solution. Their recommendations encompass a variety of structure layouts, including circular, octagonal, triangular, ellipse, and square formations.

Each proposed layout is meticulously scored and evaluated based on its proficiency in several crucial factors. These encompass:

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Layout structure cost πŸ’°
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Maintenance πŸ”§

Through this comprehensive evaluation process, Clement has provided structure layouts that are innovative but also efficient, reliable, and cost-effective.

Which one do you think scored the highest? πŸ‘€

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Surewave is publishing on Zenodo

Zenodo is an open-access data repository widely used in the field of Open Science, and it is available to the public free of charge. πŸ–₯

Why is this important? As stated by Zenodo:
To fully understand and reproduce research performed by others, it is necessary to have all the details.

Throughout the three years of our project, we will be sharing a wide range of research data. 🧠

Our Surewave consortium has committed to complying with the Horizon Europe Open Science requirements, which mandate making scientific and underlying data accessible to the public.

To enable knowledge transfer, we adhere to the FAIR information principles:
  • Findable
  • Accessible
  • Interoperable
  • Reusable
Please visit Zenodo to access our public deliverables and datasets. All scientific publications and underlying data sets will be uploaded to the SUREWAVE community on Zenodo. To find our online community, search for 'Surewave' on the Zenodo platform. ⌨