GL Garrad Hassan’s experts have been at the forefront of renewable energy technologies for nearly three decades and have well-structured, tried and trusted processes which are typically applied in two phases. The Preliminary Evaluation aims to establish the credibility of the new technology and usually includes fatal flaw review, scope for energy production and efficiency of device and components, as well as a qualitative evaluation of the proposed system characteristics. Where there is a positive outcome from the Preliminary Evaluation, a more Detailed Evaluation goes on to help establish comparisons with existing technology and provide quantitative assessment in terms of performance, loading, system mass properties, capital cost and cost of energy.
Innovative technology evaluation
Wave and tidal technology continues to be developed in order to improve performance, reliability and overall cost-effectiveness.
The investigation and application of innovative technology plays an important role in the process of wave and tidal design optimisation. Innovation in the context of wave and tidal technology can apply to whole device concepts, sub-systems and/or components. Evaluating new technology is important not just for inventors and manufacturers, but also for anybody else with an interest e.g. potential investors, company purchasers, governmental bodies and industry associations.