WETFEET has the overall aim to understand and find solutions to the constraints of wave energy technology. In particular, the project seeks to identify the reasons that have been delaying the sector's progress and propose viable solutions to improve the overall performance of new technologies. It will address issues, such as reliability of technological components, survivability capacity of the devices, high development costs, long process for commercialization, as well as industrial scalability of tested technologies.
The deep knowledge of the consortium of the sector in general, including its successes and obstacles, will allow the development of technological innovations that will help to overcome the obstacles identified. These innovations are applied to two concepts of wave energy, namely the Oscillating Water Column (OWC) and Symphony.
WavEC is the project coordinator and responsible for leading several activities, such as Management, OWC and Symphony System Description and Dissemination and Exploitation, and participates in other tasks, such as numerical modelling and analysis of hydrodynamic effects, technical and economic studies, and environmental impacts assessment, among others.
Coordinator at WavEC: José Cândido
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): 3 456 884 €
WavEC Funding: 677 125 €
Duration: June 2015 – June 2018 (36 months)
Coordinator: WavEC Offshore Renewables
Partners: Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz – JKU, INNOSEA, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna , SELMAR SRL, Instituto Superior Técnico, EDP Inovação SA, Teamwork Technology BV, Trelleborg Ridderkerk BV, The University of Edinburgh, University of Plymouth and Aurora Ventures Limited.