IMPACT Project Members Gather in Trondheim for Fourth Project Meeting

From left to right: Nina Langhelle (SINTEF Ocean), Jimmy Murphy (UCC), Andrzej Holdyk (SINTEF Energy Research), José Miguel Rodrigues (SINTEF Ocean), Giacomo Alessandri (VGA), Paula Garcia Rosa (SINTEF Energy Research), Terje Rølvåg (SINTEF Ocean), Salvatore D’Arco (SINTEF Energy Research), Joao Cruz (Yavin Four Consultants), Mairead Atcheson Cruz (Yavin Four Consultants), Hans Christian Bolstad (SINTEF Energy Research) and Federico Gallorini (VGA).

On 22 and 23 June 2022, the IMPACT project successfully held its fourth project meeting. While some members joined on Microsoft Teams, the majority of participants were able to travel to Trondheim, Norway.

“Finally, we get to have our first in-person meeting for over half the project,” said Project Coordinator Federico Gallorini in his opening comments.

Day one

The first day started with updates from the work packages that are currently in progress: Project Management work package (WP1), New Testing Methodologies & Metrics work package (WP5), and DHIL Testing Platform Development work package (WP6).

Discussions underway at the IMPACT project meeting.

After lunch, the project members toured both the Smart Grid Lab at SINTEF Energy Research and SINTEF Ocean’s facilities. Both of these laboratories are used for simulations and tests related to marine and wave energy.

Day two

The second day started with the kick-off of the Integration of Novel Test Rigs & Methodologies work package (WP7), which will use the IMPACT test rig to test different wave energy converters (WECs). This work is led by Yavin Four Consultants, with participation from SINTEF Ocean, VGA and the University College Cork MaREI.

Mairead Atcheson Cruz presents WP7.
Giacomo Alessandri speaks about DHIL testing platform development.

There were also further discussions about IMPACT’s participation at the international ICOE-OEE wave energy conference in October this year. More details will be released shortly.

Finally, the meeting concluded with a presentation from Nikolai Haldane, chief operating officer at Havkraft. Havkraft is a Norwegian company that has developed its own wave energy converter – the Havkraft Wave Energy Converter (H-WEC). As part of his talk, Nikolai shared their experiences with testing at a low technology readiness level (TRL), which was a particularly relevant topic considering the launch of WP7.

“It has been a pleasure to finally meet in person and talk to each of the partners in IMPACT,” said SINTEF’s Hans Christian Bolstad, former leader of the Project Results Exploitation and Dissemination work package (WP8), who organised the event. “I believe this to be particularly important, as we are now entering the second half of the project.”

Leader of Project Results Exploitation and Dissemination work package, Hans Christian Bolstad.

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