Our R&D team's technical and research expertise allows us to
continually refine and improve the design of our Oyster wave energy
device. Our team is also developing innovative new
technologies to increase Aquamarine Power's intellectual property
Our R&D team's research is primarily focused on increasing
our understanding of how our Oyster wave energy device interacts
with waves. The team achieves this through tank testing and
computational modelling which continually improves our hydrodynamic
knowledge. This allows us to accurately predict how Oyster
will perform in the coastal environment. We can then optimise
Oyster's efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness.
Physical model testing
Our research engineers have conducted extensive physical model
testing of Oyster at 40th and 25th scale in the world-class tank
testing facilities at Queen's University, Belfast. Data from
these experiments feeds into computational models that enable us to
continually improve Oyster's efficiency and effectiveness in the
water. In addition to testing at scale, we equip our full-scale
prototype Oyster devices with multiple sensors and monitoring
equipment which allows us to gather actual performance data.
The R&D team
Our research team is led by R&D Manager Dr Joseph van 't
Hoff who has an academic background in Computational Physics and
received a Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics from the School of Civil
Engineering in Queen's University Belfast. He is responsible for
the development of the coupled model of the Oyster WEC and its
Power Take-Off system, developing novel analysis techniques and
solutions and advancing the Oyster technology.
The team has primary degrees in physics, mathematics and
engineering and PhDs in marine energy, non-linear wave theory,
fluid dynamics, electrical engineering and astrophysics.
Our in-house research and development team works alongside the
specialist marine energy research team at Queen's University,
Belfast, with whom we have a long-standing research
partnership. The team at Belfast is led by one of our
technical advisors Trevor Whittaker, Professor of Coastal
Engineering. Trevor is a recognised leader in the field of wave
energy. Wave energy pioneers Professor Stephen Salter and
Allan Thomson are also technical advisors to our team.