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FOCUS ON CORNWALL


DELIVERING OUTSTANDING DATA FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AT WAVE HUB


Ongoing data collection by Fugro at the Wave Hub development site has now surpassed 21 months of continuous wave monitoring


Robin added: “Fugro’s data


measurement standards are extremely high and across some sixty wave measuring locations we operate in Europe, we are proud to report data return rates in excess of 95%.”


24-HOUR MONITORING AND RESPONSE PROGRAMME


Data from the first annual report gave average data return rates of over 99.9% and data delivery percentages for the year 2016/17 are expected to match this.


WAVE HUB


Located 16 kilometres off the UK’s North Cornwall coast, Wave Hub is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced site for the testing and development of offshore renewable wave energy technology. At the site, a wave monitoring buoy, deployed, serviced and maintained by Fugro, provides real-time wave measurements for energy device performance monitoring and marine operations planning. It is also helping to build a detailed account of the onsite wave climate.


Despite a challenging wave climate, the first annual report, produced in June 2016, shows that data returns from the buoy have been outstanding, with average rates exceeding 99.9%.


ACCURATE REAL-TIME PICTURE OF CONDITIONS


Robin Newman, Principal Coastal Oceanographer at Fugro, said: “The 99.9% average return rate at the Wave Hub ensures virtually continuous data delivery giving a highly accurate real-time picture of conditions. This provides a very robust basis for evaluation and planning by the client and users sharing in the resource.”


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Fugro’s 24-hour monitoring and response programme undertakes automated quality checks on the data, with a system that distributes warning alerts if data parameters indicate sensor damage or telemetry failure, ensuring fast and efficient response. Wave Hub’s Head of Operations and Business Services, Helen Wilson-Prowse, explained: “The provision of data to our current and potential customers is a vital part of our offer and, thanks to Fugro’s expertise and experience, we have been able to supplement historical data with real-time measurements.”


INTERESTING FINDINGS


The first of Fugro’s annual reports for the site contained some interesting findings: in the first 12 months over 5.3 million individual waves were observed; through the winter months, the buoy recorded persistently high waves; mean monthly significant wave height did not drop below 1.2 metres and despite experiencing a succession of intense winter storm events, the buoy remained on station and operational throughout. The buoy is planned for continuous operation at the site for several more years, delivering high quality, reliable data.


CONTINUOUS OPERATION


The data is heavily used by renewable energy developers and operations planners. There is also public access to the dataset online via the Wave Hub and the Channel Coastal Observatory.


Fugro www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk


MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPERTS


CONSORTIUM


The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a consortium of marine renewable energy experts across higher education, research and industry who have joined together to establish a ‘network of excellence’ centred in the south of the UK.


The Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol and Bath, along with the Marine Biological Association of the UK and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, have agreed to work together on research projects across the spectrum of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE). Completing the line-up of the PRIMaRE is the South West Marine Energy Park (SW MEP) and the Wave Hub facility off the north coast of Cornwall, who act as conduits between the research community and industry.


RESEARCH


The overall aim of PRIMaRE is to foster a multi-institutional world-class research cluster in all aspects of MRE covering the following research areas…


• Materials, Manufacture & Structural Design


• Fluid Dynamics & Hydrodynamics • Survivability & Reliability • Environmental Resources • Impacts on Environment & Ecosystems


• Power Conversion & Control • Infrastructure & Grid Connection • Marine Operations & Maritime Safety


• Marine Planning & Governance


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