The Structural Design of Wave Energy Devices (SDWED) project, led by Aalborg University, has had an amazing output of free software including advanced hydrodynamic models, wave to wire models, and a spectral fatigue model:
Also, at the bottom of that page is a list many other free software products.
“The Structural Design of Wave Energy Devices project (SDWED) 2010-2014 is an international research alliance supported by the Danish Council for Strategic Research. The project is a five-year endeavour to harness the energy potential in wave energy at competitive costs.” (www.sdwed.civil.aau.dk/)
Open-source offshore renewable energy is really happening. Free tools are being developed, and OpenORE will bring them all together!
Aalborg University together with Energinet.dk and Julia F. Chozas Consulting Engineer, have released a freely available online spreadsheet to evaluate the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) for wave energy projects. The open-access tool calculates the LCOE based on the power production of a Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at ten locations. Production data may derive from laboratory testing, numerical modelling or from sea trials. The tool has been developed as a transparent and simple model that evaluates WEC’s economic feasibility in a range of locations, while scaling WEC’s features to the selected site.
You can download the tool from Julia’s website:
Open-source offshore renewable energy is happening! Open Wave Energy Project (OWEP) is developing an open-source wave energy converter called iowep. They have already completed scaled tests at Aalborg University as part of the EU FP-7 funded MARINET program, and they plan to deploy a larger version in Norwegian waters.
In the spirit of open-source, their website provides detailed descriptions, pictures, and videos of the iowep, allows access to their scientific reports including the results of their MARINET tests, and promises to publish data from future tests.
Check them out at: openwaveenergy.org