AqualisBraemar LOC is supporting successful proposals for two wave energy converter (WEC) projects, which have both been awarded UKRI EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) grants of a combined value of over £2 million.

The first project is related to the mooring design and analysis to enhance an offshore WEC’s survivability against fatigue. It will model the impact of waves on various mooring options to generate efficient modelling methods that will aid the design of resilient future WECs. The project is led by Professor Peter Stansby, of the University of Manchester, and has been awarded an EPSRC grant of £997,000.

The second project is led by Professor Qingwei Ma of City, University of London, and aims to overcome the hydrodynamic modelling challenges by developing a highly accurate and efficient modelling suite equipped with advanced machine leaning algorithms and coupling five numerical models. It will assess the survivability of a WEC under extreme marine conditions. The project has been awarded an EPSRC grant of £ 1,003,000.

AqualisBraemar LOC’s chief energy transition officer, Dr R V Ahilan has been invited to the projects’ advisory boards to support the research and development of both projects. He will also chair the advisory board for the project on hydrodynamic modelling at City.

“It is an honour to join the advisory board on both these projects as well as to have supported their winning EPSRC proposals. This work represents an exciting chapter in British green energy innovation, addressing technological and infrastructural challenges faced in commercialising wave energy,” said Dr Ahilan. “These research projects fit perfectly with our energy transition strategy.” 

AqualisBraemar LOC, through its subsidiary Innosea, has already contributed to over 25 demo projects in wave and tidal energy across 7 countries.