AW-Energy has secured additional funding from the MaRINET2 program to continue tank tests with a second collaboration project with Queen’s University Belfast.


The 6-month project spans from April to October in 2018. The project is continuation to the investigation of both the operational and extreme loads the WaveRoller solution is subjected to in marine conditions.


— This time we’re going to test some new ideas and areas for optimisation that became clear after analysing the previous test results, says AW-Energy Marine Engineer Matti Vuorinen.


The first collaboration yielded favourable results as the test results showed calculations used for the design are accurate. Results of the second project are expected to further enable the optimization of the WaveRoller foundation.


MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million project which includes 39 organizations representing some of the top offshore renewable energy testing facilities in Europe and globally. The project depends on strong international ties across Europe and draws on the expertise and participation of 13 countries.


AW-Energy is a pioneer in the green economy and is the global leader in wave energy technology. Its flagship product, WaveRoller®, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple continents cooperating with strong industrial partners including e.g. Lloyd's Register, Wärtsilä, Naval Group and DNV-GL. The company employs a highly professional and efficient team that manages a network of over 100 engineers and technical staff.