AW-Energy benefits from Technology Qualification (TQ)

Case study - AW-Energy wave roller technology qualification - Water - 663x320

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Working with Lloyd’s Register and using the Technology Qualification process has brought so many benefits for our project and team; from setting clear metrics to measure and communicate the technology development process, to providing expertise with a depth and breadth of experience that´s difficult to procure.

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Client: AW-Energy
Application: Renewable wave technology - WaveRoller™
Project Scope: Independent certification and technology qualification
Location: Finland

"This novel technology is an emission-free, renewable source of energy and it has a low visual impact."

About AW-Energy

AW-Energy is a Finnish company in the wave energy sector and the developer of the world-leading WaveRoller™ wave energy converter.

Novel Technology

The WaveRoller™ will be a prototype device that converts ocean waves to electricity. Located in Peniche, Portugal, in the nearshore area at depths of between 8-20 meters, it captures the movement of the waves with a hinged panel that runs a generator. The Waveroller device will be connected to the grid once deployed and fully operating.

Service details

Lloyd's Register is providing AWEnergy's WaveRoller™ with third-party certification and Technology Qualification.

This will help to optimise project financing and facilitate insurance coverage on a commercial basis, whilst ensuring the highest quality standards and technical excellence are met.

LR is reviewing the prototype design and fabrication work carried out by the WaveRoller™ team, ensuring risks are identified and mitigated throughout the project's lifecycle.

Working with LR

On working with Lloyd's Register, AW-Energy CEO, John Liljelund commented, "I am thrilled to see the emergence of one of the prerequisites for WaveRoller's™ commercial roll out. The involvement of an institution like Lloyd's Register to this extent will ensure that the highest quality standards and technical excellence are met."

Benefits of Technology Qualification

Organisational

  • TQ sets clear milestones on the development path which breaks up each challenge into manageable chunks.
  • It provides a clear metric to measure the technology development process.
  • Ensures organisations work in a structured way with documentation to match.
  • Certification milestones can be celebrated within the team.
  • Stakeholders get visibility on the progress via a dependable third party opinion.

Technology

  • Third party opinion helps the technology improve.
  • The risk based methodology helps to identify failure modes that could otherwise have remained undetected.
  • A large technology oriented organisation like LR has a depth of experience that is difficult to procure. The TQ process is an effective way to benefit from that knowledge and experience.