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Reference Number EP/F062583/1
Title Real-time wave field mapping for the offshore renewable energy industry
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr T Bruce
No email address given
Energy Systems
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2008
End Date 30 September 2009
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £237,809
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy Multidisciplinary Applications, Energy Research Capacity
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr T Bruce , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor I Bryden , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher mr BG Sellar , University of Edinburgh (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Heriot-Watt University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wavebob Ltd, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Maritime Institute, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Queen's University Belfast (0.000%)
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Abstract Knowledge of the spatial and temporal characteristics of the next and subsequent waves to act on marine energy converters is essential for optimal control and ultimately, survivability. Currently, it is possible neither to measure nor reliably infer these. The University of Edinburgh has deployed, for the first time, a flexible, optoelectronic senor ribbon (using ShapeTapeTM technology) in its wave flumes. Previous ShapeTape (tm) applications had been limited to human body shape measurement for athlete training and sports research. The University of Edinburgh research has shown the sensor to be capable of resolving, in the 2-d flume, wave elevation data, giving measurements of individual (and spectral) wave heights, periods, shapes and steepnesses with high correlation with the best available wet techniques.Ultimately, a lattice of these sensor ribbons could allow real-time surface mapping of the advancing waves in fully mixed seas and unlock new opportunities for anticipatory adaptive control of converter response. This is not a near-market technology. This proposal seeks to determine the feasibility of achieving these ultimate benefits via this technology. As such, it will extend the measuring equipment, techniques, data capture and processing to add the third dimension, and to the real sea setting. New signal capture and analysis techniques will be explored in the wave basin and open sea. Key challenges that lie ahead on a route to full scale deployment "in anger" will be identified, and whether these are tractable or "show-stoppers" be assessed

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