DNV GL will assess the climatic conditions, other environmental factors and the ground conditions at a site, in order to assess the suitability of the devices chosen. The data may also be used for a detailed load calculation or an estimate of device lifetime. A comprehensive assessment of a site will also include a review of the electrical conditions at the interface between the wave and tidal project and the local grid.
A site suitability assessment will typically include the following four services:
- Assessment of climatic conditions
- Pre-assessment of load assumptions: All climatic conditions are assessed with respect to their influence on the site suitability of the wave and tidal devices.
- Load calculation
- Lifetime estimate: If required, DNV GL can estimate the expected lifetime of relevant device components, on the basis of the fatigue loads calculated for the relevant site conditions.