New methods for predicting wave power could double the energy from marine renewables, academics have claimed.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found a way of accurately predicting the power of waves, which they claim could help make wave technologies more efficient.
The study focused on point absorbers, commonly used floating devices with parts that move in response to waves, generating energy which is fed to the grid. Researchers looked at ways of increasing efficiency by predicting and controlling the internal forces of the device caused by forthcoming waves.
Dr Guang Li, the lead researcher from the University said: “Our research has the potential to make huge advances to the progress of marine renewable energy… This is a major step forward and could help pave the way for wave energy to play a significant role in providing our power.”
The researchers will now look into how effective the approach using large scale testing.