Wave Energy Test Rig Workshop

Wave Energy Rig Testing Workshop

Perugia, Italy

12 April 2024

The IMPACT project is delighted to announce that our “Wave Energy Rig Testing Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Research and Deployment” will take place on the 12th of April 2024 at the Hotel Giò in Perugia, Italy.

The event will showcase how rig testing can contribute to accelerating the development of the European wave energy sector, and feature presentations from international and Italian experts from both academia and industry.

The programme will consist of four technical sessions, covering the latest developments in rig testing, the benefits it can bring to the wave energy sector, and the benefits of rig testing in other industries. Participants will then be taken on a visit to VGA’s new test rig facility in Deruta, to view IMPACT’s innovative Dual Hardware-In-The-Loop testing platform. This platform has recently been used to test components of Carnegie Clean Energy’s CETO wave energy converter.

There is a nominal registration fee of 50 euros to cover hospitality.

IMPACT structural components test rig


08:30-09:15 Registration and networking

09:15-09:30 Welcome address
Giacomo Alessandri, VGA 
Paula B. Garcia Rosa, SINTEF Energy Research

09:30-10:40 Session 1: Advancing academic research while bringing benefits to the sector
Chair: Jimmy Murphy, University College Cork
John Ringwood, Maynooth University 
Mauro Bonfanti, Politecnico di Torino
Giacomo Moretti, University of Trento
Lars Johanning, University of Plymouth

10:40-11:10 Coffee break

11:10-12:20 Session 2: Wave energy bankability: how to reduce risks and gain confidence from investors 
Chair: Mairead Atcheson-Cruz, Yavin 4 Consultants
Claudio Bittencourt Ferreira, DNV
Rémi Gruet, Ocean Energy Europe
Julia Fernandez Chozas, Julia F. Chozas, Consulting Engineer

12:20-13:30 Session 3: Testing in wave energy – the current state of the art
Chair: José Miguel Rodrigues, SINTEF Ocean
Matthew Holland, Wave Energy Scotland
Sam Neilson, Carnegie Clean Energy
Joseba Lopez Mendia, Tecnalia
Markus Wallentin, Ocean Harvesting Technologies

13:30-14:30 Lunch 

14:30-15:30 Session 4: Knowledge transfer from other industries 
Chair: Marco Chiarappa, VGA
Nina Langhelle, SINTEF Ocean
Bruno Lorenzi, GemaTEG
Luciano Pizzoni, Umbragroup
Francesco Lumaca, Thales Alenia Space Italia

15:30-16:00 Bus from Perugia to VGA facility

16:00-17:30 Visit to testing laboratory

17:30-18:00 Bus from VGA facility to Perugia

18:00-19:30 Aperitivo and networking

Travel to Perugia

Located about 190 km north of Rome and 150 km southeast of Florence, Perugia is the capital of the Umbria region. The city is renowned for its art and is a cultural hub in Italy, with its history still intact, from the pre-Roman period to the Middle Ages and Reinassance.

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Giò (Via Ruggero D’Andreotto, 19 06124 Perugia). A discounted rate for participants is available.

More information about Perugia and getting to the venue is available here.

Piazza IV Novembre (Perugia main square) and Corso Vannucci
View of Piazza IV Novembre (Perugia main square) and Corso Vannucci
Yavin Four Consultants