Field Deployment of a Wave Energy Convertor
In fall 2012, the Center for Ocean Engineering worked with Neptune Wave Power of Dallas, Texas to analyze their wave energy converter and perform a series of field tests. Their system was first analyzed with UNH software to optimize the mooring configuration and assist with the proper selection of gear. The buoy was then deployed 10 km southeast of Portsmouth, NH in 52 meters of water at the permitted UNH Offshore Wind/Wave Test Site. To monitor the forces acting on the buoy, an environmental monitoring buoy was deployed. The system was recovered and information gained from the project is being used to calibrate/verify software predictions to better understand these types of devices.