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Development of a novel wave energy converter based on hydrodynamic lift forces


Review of current liftbased WEC concepts and specification of preliminary configuration

This is part of Task 2.3. This will consist of a report that reviews the current lift-based WEC concepts and describe the configuration specifications that will be used in the preliminary numerical and physical models, as well as for the design development. The specification will be provided in sufficient detail to ensure that the configurations are unambiguously defined.

Operational design considerations

This deliverable is linked to Task 7.1 and will contain a set of key design considerations for the LIFTWEC concept, which will feed into the concept development and evaluation work package. This will ensure that the major operational factors, which are likely to, adversely affect the viability of the concept can be considered early in the design process and be accounted for in preliminary device configurations. It will contain a review of all operational phases of a marine renewable energy technology lifecycle and detail the results of an examination of other related sectors (offshore wind, Oil &Gas, Aquaculture). Transferable knowledge and methodologies from these other sectors, which have been demonstrated to be safe, efficient and cost effective, will be described.

Performance function

This deliverable is associated with Task 5.1 and involves specification of the parametric form, and outline parameters, for the performance function. This will be provided in the form of a report

Preliminary report on synthesis of design knowledge

This is part of Task 2.1. This report will provide the details of the design knowledge that supports the identification of the preliminary baseline configurations. The source of all design knowledge will be included together with a review of each piece of knowledge with reference to the LiftWEC design.

Cost database

This is part of Task 8.1. The cost database will be compiled in the form of a report. The cost database will be a critical component of the parametric cost model and the LCoE calculation tool. A successful delivery of a cost database will ensure reliable estimates of the device LCoE

Identification of evaluation criteria

This is part of Task 2.2. This report will describe the evaluation criteria that will be used to guide the selection of the baseline configurations and assess their performance and provide clear guidelines for their use by an external party. This report will also include details of the knowledge gathering workshop

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