Orecon Ltd., a wave energy device developer, based in south-west UK, recently purchased a Sesam package for analysis of their MRC (Multi Resonant Chambers) device for conversion of wave energy to ‘clean power’.
Orecon’s patented MRC technology has addressed some of the problems encountered by other wave energy devices. It uses multiple wave chambers of different draughts, integrated into a single tension moored buoy, to produce a very efficient device with a high power output of 1.5 MW.
In March this year, Orecon completed its first institutional funding round which will enable them to build and deploy a full-scale device before moving on to the commercial roll-out of their technology.
Says Fraser Johnson, the inventor of the MRC Technology and Orecon’s chief technical officer: “We have chosen Sesam because it is considered an industry standard tool with a history of successful application in a wide variety of offshore projects. Working with BPP-Tech, Orecon shall use Sesam and a comprehensive tank test program to accurately predict operating and design loads in achieving DNV certification of the structure and moorings.”
Orecon’s Sesam package includes GeniE, and HydroD with Wadam and Wasim. The programs will be used to calculate the hydrodynamics response of the tension-moored MRC buoy.