Advanced Braking Module with Cyclic Energy Recovery System (CERS) for enhanced reliability and performance of Wave Energy Converters

WaveBoost aims at providing a step-change improvement to the reliability and performance of PTOs (Power-Take-Offs), by developing and validating an innovative braking module with a Cyclic Energy Recovery System (CERS). While built, and tested on the platform of the existing CorPower technology, the CERS braking module can be integrated in many types of Wave Energy Converters (WECs). Especially for point absorbers - undisputedly the WEC type with best prospects for largescale development - WaveBoost will solve a central reliability challenge, the so-called 'end-stop' problem (excessive, uncontrolled forces when linear movement reaches end of stroke). Further, dedicated reliability assessment methods will be developed and applied.

General Information

Funding: Horizon2020
Project coordinator: Corpower Ocean AB
WavEC coordinator: Sarah Crowley
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 3 988 747
WavEC Funding: € 257 850
Duration: 01 November 2016 – 31 October 2019 (36 months)
Partners: Corpower Ocean AB, European Marine Energy Centre Ltd (EMEC), UEdin, WavEC Offshore Renewables, Pmc Cylinders AB, EDP, SP, Gs-Hydro AB