The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, UK.  Over 60 international participants representing the wider wave energy community–industry, research, funding and policy, and technology—contributed their input into WEC system requirements and the formulation of performance metrics. Specifically, the workshop addressed developments in the Structured Innovation project at the Sandia National Laboratories and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and advanced the definition of performance metrics to be used in the stage gate funding approach by WES.

Targeted at technology developers, supporting OEMs, certifying bodies as well as the private investment and financing community and public funding bodies, the workshop focused on using a structured engineering approach, through systems engineering, to define and determine system requirements and metrics for the following mission:  The wave energy plant will convert ocean wave energy to electricity and deliver it to the continental grid market in a competitive and acceptable manner across the lifecycle.

The Structured Innovation project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will use the results of this workshop to ensure that comprehensive and design-agnostic system requirements are developed through the systems engineering framework.  The results of the workshop have been made available to workshop participants.