Scientific advances and innovation

Centrale Nantes has already implemented complex servo control on wave energy converters models but the control calculations were processed on a desktop computer on the wave tank side. The controller suggested here will be set up in a waterproof box and mounted on the models. It will be driven by a remote software application through a wifi link, reducing the number of cables between the model and the bridge and therefore their influence on the model’s motions.

Expected technical and economic impact

With this project, the Experimental Hydrodynamic Team of Centrale Nantes can provide the MRE developers with an innovative tool to validate servo control strategies during reduced scale tests. This new system completes the set of diagnostic tools associated to Centrale Nantes Hydrodynamic Facilities and opens new possibilities of services.

The device will be used in the scope of the WEAMEC SOFTWIND project.

Key project milestones

  • 2018 June to September - Derisking study with a borrowed controller
  • 2018 October - Final definition and equipment order
  • 2018 November (1st Softwind test campaign) - First tests using the controller