Study published featuring SEAFLEX

Study shows that “new generation” SEAFLEX has great potential for renewable energy applications.

For the last years, Seaflex has taken part in of one of many EU-funded projects aiming to develop new and improved applications and methods for sustainable energy. This project, called Geowave, specifically aimed to further develop the use of Wave Energy Converters (WEC), maximize effectiveness and optimize all connection points in the system. The study, originating from University College Cork in Ireland, compares different types of mooring systems that can be used in WECs. The main comparison is between the “old generation” of catenary (in this study chain) mooring and the “new generation” of flexible mooring, namely SEAFLEX. The main findings were that using SEAFLEX to moor WECs significantly reduces loads, which can improve efficiency and lower total costs.

The study summarizes the possible contribution of SEAFLEX to the industry as: “(…) the benefit seen in the load cases chosen is of sufficient magnitude (up to ~70%, and without negative effects in surge excursion or pitch and heave motions) to show the considerable potential of this technology (…)”.

Needless to say, we are very excited about the findings and we are certain that SEAFLEX will play an important role in the coming years’ development and optimization of Wave Energy Converters and other floating sustainable energy applications.

The study can be downloaded at the Cork Open Research Archive (CORA) or here on our website, under Printed Information.

Authors:
Casaubieilh, Pierre; Thiebaut, Florent; Bosma, Bret; Retzler, C.; Shaw, M.; Letertre, Y.; Sheng, Wanan

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