Is hybrid testing the key to accelerating wave energy development?

THURSDAY, 20 October 11:30 – 13:00 Side event room 9

The European H2020 projects, VALID and IMPACT would like to invite ICOE-OEE 2022 attendees to take part in a collaborative joint side event, to discuss the benefits of hybrid testing in the ocean energy sectors and to highlight the challenges and key achievements from each project.

Answering the same Horizon-2020 call topic to develop new test rig devices for accelerating ocean energy technology development, both the IMPACT and VALID project are tasked with streamlining the testing process—and ultimately the path to market—for ocean energy technology.

Project bios:

VALID (Verification through Accelerated testing Leading to Improved wave energy Design) aims to adapt novel hybrid testing methodologies frequently used in the automotive industry, combining the virtual and physical environment, to create a Hybrid Testing Platform for wave energy devices. Centered around three user cases, the consortium of 13 partners hope to transform the fundamental approach to accelerated testing and establish the correlation between ocean and lab conditions, allowing for common testing procedures and convergence in technology across Europe.

IMPACT (Innovative Methods for wave energy Pathways Acceleration through novel Criteria and Test rigs) is a collaborative research and innovation project involving five European partners that aims to develop and demonstrate a next generation testing approach for Wave Energy Converters (WECs). The proposed 250kW Dual Hardware-in-the-loop (DHIL) testing platform is based on a technology that expands the capabilities of the existing Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technique. This will be supported by novel testing methodologies, addressing performance, reliability and survivability of WECs.