Recently de Ingenieur, a Dutch montly-appearing magazine published by the royal institute of engineers since 1886, published an article about the Ocean Grazer, highlighting the results of the first wave tank trials which have shown a 95% reduction of wave energy content from a scaled system with ten floater elements. Although these measurements are still preliminary, the results of the first wave tank trials as well as simulation models are nevertheless promising. The overall efficiency of conversion of available wave energy to electrical energy is expected to be in the range of 60% to 70%, which is extraordinary for a wave energy converter.

These high levels of efficiency can be achieved thanks to the core innovation of the Ocean Grazer, which is its adaptive system which can adapt the load depending on the incoming wave, to deal efficiently with the large variability of ocean waves that can occur. 

The online article of de Ingenieur can be accessed here

 

 

The representative (gedeputeerde) of the province of Groningen on Energy Transition, Environment and Human Resources, Nienke Homan (GroenLinks) visited the Ocean Grazer project at the University of Groningen to witness first hand the current progress of this project.

Teaser Nienke Homan

In the latest publication of the KIJK, a Dutch populair scientific orientated magazine, attention was given to the Ocean Grazer project in the category "Nedertech". Within this category an invention from Dutch soil is highlighted each month. The full article can be read in the KIJK no. 9, september 2015, available in most Dutch book stores and online

KIJK magazine cover

The Advanced Production Engineering and Discrete Technology & Production Automation groups of the Engineering & Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG) are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher to work on a novel wave energy harvester device that is currently under development at the University of Groningen.

Consmema Ltd. has spoken its intent to collaborate with the University of Groningen in the Ocean Grazer project. The intended participation is a long-term commitment to share knowledge and capabilities during the realisation of the Ocean Grazer, including the development of prototypes, test facilities and production of various components.