International classification group DNV GL has launched WaveFarmer and TidalFarmer, the world’s first marine energy planning tools to be made commercially available.
and TidalFarmer have been under development at DNV GL for over seven years,
during which time they've been used in prominent research projects as well as
commercial farm design and due-diligence jobs.
major barrier to the growth of the industry is the risk associated with
projects and the accompanying uncertainty of return on investment. Engineers
face a large number of unknowns at the start of a project – an impediment to
the rapid expansion of the industry.
new tools, launched at RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Conference in Belfast,
allow users to accurately model wave and tidal energy converters operating in
farms of multiple devices.
the way for a full-scale commercial marine energy farm, which would have the
potential to harness in the region of 10,000-100,000 TWh of energy per year
from the ocean, WaveFarmer and TidalFarmer tools provide an insight into the
potential of projects by accurately calculating future annual energy yield, and
other important factors.
launch marks a significant milestone for DNV GL and the nascent marine energy
industry. There are now two software tools: WaveFarmer and TidalFarmer, that
can be used to plan and analyse arrays of wave and tidal energy converters with
confidence, says Joao Cruz, head of DNV GL wave and tidal energy advisory
the release of these tools we want to share the knowledge gained through our
extensive research and development activities with the industry in order to
help it grow in an efficient, cost-effective manner,” adds Steve Parkinson, DNV
GL TidalFarmer product manager.
uses a three-dimensional representation of the resource to accurately predict
the performance of a tidal stream farm. WaveFarmer is linked to three separate
calculation engines, enabling it to determine hydrodynamic interaction effects
for farms ranging from a handful of devices to utility-scale projects.