Advanced mathematical models pave the way for wave energy exploitation
Despite its potential, wave energy technology has not yet seen widespread adoption. Modern simulation tools are not yet economically viable due to high investment risk and modelling uncertainties during the design and development stages. Fast and accurate mathematical models are vital for designing wave energy converters reliably. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, based at the MOREnergy Lab (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), EU-funded OpenWave is developing a novel class of non-linear models, based on non-linear Froude-Krylov force calculations, that will be more accurate than linear models and 100-1 000 times faster than existing similar nonlinear models. The new models should facilitate effective design and optimisation of wave energy converters and enable real-time power optimisation and model-based control.