Facilities

The group has access to the conventional laboratory facilities, including materials testing and workshops but also has significant specialist resources applicable to the renewable energy sector. Most of these are unique facilities relating to ocean energy research, power systems and reliability and field studies. These have relevance both for fundamental research and industrial projects.

These facilities include:

  • SWMTF - an offshore wave buoy specifically designed to undertake large scale testing of mooring line responses and loads that provide input into numerical models.
  • DMaC - A laboratory facility designed to simulate offshore dynamic loads which also has application to more general materials and component testing.
  • Wave and Current measurement - A unique group of directional buoys providing real time measurement of waves and synchronised current measurement.
  • Power Systems Laboratory - This laboratory has state of the art simulation software along with a Real Time simulation system. Additionally the laboratory has the capability of integrating small machine and for testing power conditioning  systems
  • Research Vessel - For marine coastal research we have a 9 m Catamaran with associated bottom sounder, side scan sonar and eyeball ROV.
  • Computing and software resources - The group has access to a high performance Beowolf cluster with software for wave and fluid modelling and large scale data analysis.
  • FabTest - Falmouth Bay Test Site - The facility will enable wave energy device developers to test components, concepts or full scale devices in a moderate wave climate with excellent access to nearby port infrastructure.
  • Deep water ADCPs - These instruments are autonomous sea bed units that measure water velocity throughout the water column using acoustic beams, to derive measurements of both waves and currents.
  • Floating wave buoys - We own and operate Oceanor Seawatch mini II floating wave buoys - these are particle following and provide time-series of surface displacements in Vertical, East and North directions.
  • Regional wave model - A fully calibrated SWAN wave model has been developed for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly region, incorporating wind effects, and can be run in hindcast or forecast mode.
  • Renewable Energy laboratory - This lab currently provides space for instrument prep and small scale test and measurement projects.
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