Wave energy developers have found that an O&M simulation model is an extremely useful tool for three primary reasons:
- At early stages of development, an O&M model can help identify critical components which would have the biggest impact on array performance, thus providing feedback into the device design
- The tool provides estimates of array availability, revenue and operational expenditure which helps to refine Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) calculations
- As device development moves towards real sea testing, the tool can assist in planning aspects of the O&M strategy for future arrays.
WES now has an O&M simulation model which was developed by Anthony Gray under his EngD research project. This project was sponsored by WES through the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (www.idcore.ac.uk). The model is now available for download and is supported by full explanatory documentation to make it ready for use and further development by the sector. WES would like to receive feedback on the tool and would welcome sharing of further user developments to extend this open source resource.
Further information is available here.