Our Experience

Riding the Wind of Change: WavEC's Impact on Offshore Wind

 

WavEC embarked on its offshore wind initiatives in 2007, with a pioneering role in floating offshore wind projects in Portugal. Our expertise, honed through years of wave energy innovation, seamlessly transitioned into the realm of osshore wind energy and our efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping the political actions that let to the ambitious target of 10 GW by 2030.

DEMOWFLOAT
DEMOWFLOAT
DEMOWFLOAT

The objective of the DEMOWFLOAT project is to demonstrate the long-term Windfloat performance.

WindFloat
WindFloat Atlantic
WindFloat Atlantic

WFA, was sucssefully deployed in 2019, being the first floating wind farm in Viana do Castelo.

 

WavEC key activities: environmental monitoring.

 

Photo: WindFloat Atlantic © Principle Power / Ocean Winds

 

PIVOTBUOY/
PIVOTBUOY
PIVOTBUOY

Pivotbuoy aims to reduce drastically the cost of energy of floating wind through the validation of an innovative single point mooring system.

MARINEWIND/
MARINEWIND
MARINEWIND

Identification of constraints and opportunities to strengthen the role of floating offshore wind technology in providing innovative solutions for systems integration, exploring market, political and regulatory, financial and socio-economic issues.

ILIAD/
ILIAD
ILIAD

Integrated Digital Framework for Comprehensive Maritime Data and Information Services

TWIND/
TWIND
TWIND

Twinning for an Offshore Wind Energy Partnership.

What We Do

WavEC has been lending crucial support to several pioneering projects, offering assistance in numerical modeling, environmental monitoring, impact assessment, consenting and permitting, operations and maintenace, logistics, techno-economic modeling, mooring and umbilical design, and more.

 

However, our impact transcends technology. WavEC has been actively engaging with policymakers, regulator and key stakeholders.

Environmental
Environmental and social impact
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (e.g., marine mammals, underwater noise)
  • Socio-Economic Impact Studies 
  • Environmental consenting risk & Constraint Mapping    
  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Social-LCA & Biodiversity LCA    
  • Environmental Survey Procurement & Management    
  • GIS: Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling 
Engineering/
Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and modelling of fluid-structure interactions
  • Detailed CFD modelling of marine energy structures
  • Cable and mooring design analysis
  • Advanced O&M, Reliability Modeling and Maintenance Strategy
  • Prototype testing in wave tank 
  • Wind turbine generator engineering
  • Digital Twinning: Real-Time Data, Performance & Maintenance
Project
Project development support
  • Metocean reports to support design    
  • Site assessment and mapping    
  • Conceptual design, layout definition and WTG selection    
  • Grid connection assessments    
  • Wake modelling and energy yield assessments    
  • Tendering & auction support, bid strategy definition    
  • Permitting & Consenting support    
  • Stakeholder engagement    
Applied
Applied R&D in marine renewables
  • Floating wind innovations
  • Floating PV
  • Ocean energy (wave, tidal, OTEC)
  • Hydrogen
  • Energy storage
  • Co-location with other marine uses (e.g., aquaculture, habitat restoration – Nature Inclusive/Enhancing Designs, interactions with Marine Protected Areas, static fishing)
Advisory,
Advisory, Strategy and Training
  • Energy & environmental policy advisory
  • Stakeholder mapping and engagement plans
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Advanced training programs for executives
  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Support to EU and private funding applications 
Economic
Economic and Market Analysis
  • Market studies
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Techno-economic & LCOE modelling
  • OPEX Forecasts
  • Foresight and scenario building
T&I
T&I Planning & Engineering
  • T&I modelling and planning
  • Port assessment and selection
  • Vessel assessment and selection
  • Development of method statements & storyboards
  • HSE Risk assessments
  • Offshore client representation
Technical
Technical due diligence
  • Third-party technology/design/project review
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Route-to-market
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