At EWTEC 2015, a great project wave presented: WEC3 (pronounced WEC cubed), which stands for Wave Energy Converter Code Comparison. From their EWTEC paper (which can be found here):
The objectives of WEC3 are to verify and validate numerical modelling tools that have been developed specifically to simulate wave energy conversion devices and to inform the upcoming IEA OES Annex VI Ocean Energy Modelling Verification and Validation project. WEC3 is divided into two phases. Phase 1 consists of a code-to-code verification and Phase II entails code-to-experiment validation.
The codes under consideration are:
- InWave developed by INNOSEA/Ecole Central de Nantes
- WaveDyn developed by DNV GL
- ProteusDS developed by DSA
- WEC-Sim developed by NREL/Sandia
Comparison of codes to one another and to experiments benefits the code developers, giving them confidence in their results (something which is very important in numerical modelling), and benefits the community as a whole, providing validated tools for WEC design.