Research

Can You Help?

Carnegie continuously conducts research projects to answer some of the toughest issues facing the renewable energy industry today. Our engineers are currently trying to solve the below questions to aid in the development of the CETO technology and are actively seeking help from anyone that may have the answers.

If you have an answer or are interested in being part of a research project please email enquiries@carnegiewave.com ; with “Potential Research Project” in the subject line, with attention to Carnegie’s Research & IP Coordinator.

  1. For a cylinder pump, what sealing solution provides the best life in a subsea environment and what life duration is achievable?
  2. How do we resolve the absolute position of the CETO BA using sensors below the waterline (i.e. no GPS)?
  3. How can we develop wet-mate hybrid power/fibre optic connectors that meet our needs?
  4. How can we develop methods or means for preventing accretion of carbonate deposits on precision parts that are cathodically protected?
  5. Could certain types of biofouling be promoted to improve power capture?
  6. How often do surfaces need to be wiped clean to ensure biofouling cannot become established.
  7. How can one quantify the relationship between a hydraulic hose flexing on more than one plane and the torque induced with other variables such as hose stiffness, pressure, length, positon and expected life?
  8. How can one determine the maximum fluid speed limit in a hose, other than the pressure drop, what phenomenon (cavitation or other? ) needs to be considered during design and how is the associated limit determined?
  9. Which are the best shore based methods for detecting vessels in the offshore lease area?
  10. What robotic devices could be employed to inspect equipment in the (dry) hull of the buoy?
  11. What energy harvesting technologies could power underwater instruments mounted on the buoy?

Carnegie Wave Energy is focussed on developing CETO wave energy technology solutions for commercial scale deployments and projects around the world. A strong base of applied research in the areas of offshore foundation design, point absorber optimisation and control and power take offs, supports this effort. Carnegie taps into and leverages world class experts in each of these key areas.

Topic In Conjunction With Funded By
Increasing cost and technical efficiency of CETO anchoring systems Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at UWA Australian Research Council – $460,000
Impedance matching and active latching control techniques Centre for Energy Technology and School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide Australian Research Council

If you or your organisation are interested in pursuing any of the above research projects, or would like to suggest any research projects that may suit our capability, please email enquiries@carnegiewave.com ; with “Potential Research Project” in the subject line, with attention to Carnegie’s Research & IP Coordinator.