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IMPACT is a collaborative research and innovation project which aims to develop and demonstrate a next-generation testing approach for Wave Energy Converters (WECs).

The proposed 250kW Dual Hardware-In-the-Loop (DHIL) testing platform is based on a technology which expands the capabilities of the already established Hardware-In-the-Loop technique. The DHIL platform combines together:

  • one rig for testing the entire drivetrain either linear or rotary, from input mechanical to grid compliant power;
  • one rig for testing structural components and mooring lines, either in dry or wet environment.

The DHIL platform is therefore expected to test subsystems impacting on the 75% of the Levelized Cost Of Electricity (LCOE) of a wave energy converter.

Read more on IMPACT on the project website.

The project is coordinated by VGA, Srl of Italy and has partners in Portugal, Ireland and Norway, including the research institutes SINTEF Energy Research and SINTEF Ocean.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007071

Published 07 January 2021
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Project duration

2021 - 2023