EnerOcean's W2Power is a patented floating wind power solution consisting of a triangular semisubmersible platform supporting a pair of wind turbines. At full size it is currently (2021) rated between 11 and 16MW depending on the choice of commercial turbines. A 12-MW scaled down device was tested in FloWave (2015) in one of our earliest test programmes, taking advantage of our ability to produce complex directional sea states in combination with current. The W2Power platform has since gone on to field deployment as a 1/6 scale prototype (2019) off the coast of Gran Canaria, where it survived seven storms with wave heights equivalent to 24m.
IDCORE is an EPSRC funded doctoral training centre aiming to train 50 Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students in offshore renewable energy over a nine year period admitting approximately ten new students each year for five years from September 2019. FloWave have sponsored several IDCORE students and currently have three full-time research engineers at the facility, Anita Nunes Leite, Katie Smith and Ailsa McMillan. Our IDCORE students are primarily working on EngD theses relating to offshore wind technology and hydrodynamics of floating offshore wind turbines, such as Anita’s project looking at effects of wind, wave and current loads on floating turbines.