Technology:  Resource assessment

Wave energy resource assessment at Aquamarine Power

At Aquamarine Power, we have developed unparalleled wave resource assessment capabilities.  This allows us to model global wave resource with a high degree of accuracy.

Our wave resource assessment team comprises some of the leading experts in their field.  They have a vast knowledge of the marine energy resource and an array of highly developed in-house models to accurately forecast the energy production capabilities of our technologies.  This has allowed us to build an extensive proprietary database of the world's marine energy resource.  From this database, we have identified a total usable nearshore resource of at least 600GW.  Of this, we are currently targeting a minimum of 60GW for the development of Oyster wave farms.

Accurate resource assessment

Our proprietary marine resource database allows us to accurately select optimum sites based on their potential to produce energy on a commercial scale.  By producing detailed models of the resource at specific sites, we can accurately predict the energy production not only of our Oyster wave energy technology but also of other marine energy technologies.  This allows us to select sites not just on the basis of average wave power, but on optimal energy production from any given marine energy device.  This information is invaluable to utilities and project financiers as it gives an accurate estimate of future energy production and the value of a particular site.

Our resource assessment team has established four levels of accuracy to assess the marine energy resource in a given location. This stepped approach enables us to zoom-in on a promising site, allocating time and computation effort to sites with the best commercial potential.  These methodologies have been independently verified by industry recognised third parties.

Tailoring Oyster to the real world

Our resource assessment team's specialist knowledge of marine resource allows our engineers to tailor the design of Oyster to maximise its performance in the most commonly occurring sea states.