The daily operation, up-scaling calculations at the end of the project but also the evaluation of the cost-efficiency of the demonstration units require the monitoring
of forces and behaviours of the demonstration units. During the described basin test morning forces have been obtained and used for dimensioning the demonstration units. During the operation load cells are used to record actual loading on the structure and morning in order to evaluate the construction after the demonstration period.
The behaviour of the wave-powered demonstration unit was investigated in the described basin tests. This is important in order to get indications about the proper
design and dimensioning of the demonstration unit. After installation, pressure gauges placed both outside the construction and inside the main basin provide
information about the unit movement. This information can then be combined with measured wave parameters, currents and weather observations.
Position and mode
To monitor the position of the demonstration unit is an important parameter as the device is constructed in a way that it will follow the main wave direction to
optimize the overtopping of waves. The wave-powered unit will therefore be equipped with a GPS localisation system. Further, pressure meters inside the demonstration unit enable the monitoring of the mode, i.e. the angle which effects the overtopping of waves, of the unit. This information will also be used to optimize the units´ mode to local wave conditions.
With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community