WAVESWING WINS 3RD PRIZE
IN U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S WAVE ENERGY PRIZE
Team Waveswing America are delighted to have secured a prize within the competition and with the validation that this provides to the Waveswing technology. This achievement is all the more worthwhile as the Waveswing design is the result of years of development and real engineering and this is reflected in a conservative cost base which constrained our final score. The remaining technical risk is low and further testing following the prize program has delivered full validation of our numerical simulations and the possibility of a 40% uplift in performance through improved geometry. With this uplift and improved structural design which fully leverages the advantages of FRP composites, we believe that an ACE of up to 20 is a realistic possibility, even at prototype stage.
AWS SHORT-LISTED FOR TWO U.S. WAVE ENERGY PRIZES
Two AWS technologies have been shortlisted to the final 20 in the U.S. Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize. The Atlantic Wavepower Partnership will progress to the next phase with the AWS-III technology, while team Waveswing America will progress the Waveswing IV design. This is great news for AWS Ocean Energy as with 92 entrants to the competition it was never going to be plain sailing!
The next phase of the competition sees the teams undertake numerical modelling and 1:50 scale tank testing in designated wave tanks around the USA.
More details on the competition can be found at on the Wave Energy Prize or join the converstation @WaveEnergyPrize
AWS ENTERS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S WAVE ENERGY PRIZE
92 Teams have entered the competition which offers $1,500,000 to the winner, with significant prizes for runners up. The purpose of the competition is to achieve game-changing improvements in the efficiency of wave energy converters. Competing teams are formed through industry collaborations and AWS has entered as part of two teams – one with the AWS-III utility scale technology, and the other with the Waveswing. Watch this space to see how we get on!
More information on the competition can be found here:
U.S. Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize