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03 November 2016 |   ByTim Sykes
Fugro Author

Fugro has recently marked one year of continuous wave monitoring at the Wave Hub development site, with data return rates averaging over 99.9%.

Located 16 kilometres off the UK’s North Cornwall coast, in the eastern extremes of the Atlantic Ocean, Wave Hub is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced site for the testing and development of offshore renewable wave energy technology. At the site, a wave monitoring buoy, deployed, serviced and maintained by Fugro, provides real-time wave measurements for energy device performance monitoring and marine operations planning. It is also helping to build a detailed account of the onsite wave climate.

Wave Hub Schematic

The provision of data to our current and potential customers is a vital part of our offer and, thanks to Fugro’s expertise and experience, we have been able to supplement historical data with real-time measurements
Helen Wilson-Prowse, Wave Hub’s Head of Operations and Business Services
Wave Hub Buoy

High data returns

Despite a challenging wave climate, data returns from the buoy have been outstanding, with average rates exceeding 99.9%. Fugro’s 24-hour monitoring and response

programme undertakes automated quality checks on the data, with a system that distributes warning alerts if data parameters indicate sensor damage or telemetry failure, ensuring fast and efficient response.

Through the winter months, the buoy recorded persistently high waves, mean monthly significant wave height did not drop below 1.2 metres and despite experiencing a succession of intense winter storm events, the buoy remained on station and operational throughout.

The buoy is planned for continuous operation at the site for several more years, delivering high quality, reliable data.

The data are heavily used by renewable

energy developers and operations planners. There is also public access to the dataset online via the Wave Hub and the Channel Coastal Observatory.

Did you know?

Over 5.3 million individual waves were observed, in the first 12 months.

 

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