You can watch this FloWave exhibition video on YouTube.
For new device developers FloWave represents a great asset for de-risking and refining performance of new designs at model scale before cutting steel on a first prototype. For more established device developers – meaning those with prototypes already in the water on test at EMEC and elsewhere – FloWave is an opportunity to run model-scale tests on revised designs that incorporate the 'lessons-learned' from actually having a device in the water.
Finally, for demonstrator project and commercial array developers FloWave presents a world-unique opportunity to validate CFD layout, micro-siting and energy yield predictions with physical modelling – before investing tens of millions in the project itself.
The capital outlay of the FloWave building and wave and current generations equipment has been grant-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and loan-funded by the University of Edinburgh.
Additional straight and participatory grant funding to extend the capability and reach of the FloWave facility into other offshore marine energy sectors – specifically fixed and floating offshore wind and the marine operations that support all offshore renewables – has been provided by Scottish Enterprise.
The facility operates under the Institute for Energy Systems, one of five multi-disciplinary research institutes within the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, with the goal of increasing the Institute's internationally recognised expertise in marine energy device testing, evaluation and array deployment.