Development of the Danish test site DanWEC

H. J. Brodersen, K. Nielsen, Jens Peter Kofoed

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The Danish Wave Energy Center (DanWEC) is placed at Hanstholm in the North Sea. DanWEC was formally established as an industry driven foundation in 2010 and received in 2012 2M€ Greenlab- and regional funding to implement its first phase as test site.

The paper will provide a short review of Wave energy activities at Hanstholm, leading to the formation of DanWEC - the interaction with the researchers from Aalborg University, Thisted municipality, local sub-contractors and the interest expressed by major Danish wave energy developers.

DanWEC provides test conditions that compare to mid-Atlantic conditions approximately in scale 1:3 and to central North Sea conditions in scale 1:2. This means that compared to the exposed European test sites such as EMEC, Wavehup and Bimep, DanWEC can facilitate realistic testing of smaller scaled WEC’s. The future plan for establishment of a monopole and grid connections will also be described.

Wave Star presently being tested at DanWEC has chosen to present performance data in the public domain and opened their Wave energy plant in connection with public “Wave energy tours”. This open strategy has increased the public engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th ewtec 2013 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series : Proceedings of the 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
EditorsPeter Frigaard, Jens Peter Kofoed, AbuBakr S. Bahaj, Lars Bergdahl, Alain Clément, Daniel Conley, Antonio F. O. Falcão, Cameron MacLeod Johnstone, Lucia Margheritini, Ian Masters, António José Sarmento, Diego Vicinanza
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherTechnical Committee of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 Sep 20135 Sep 2013
Conference number: 10


ConferenceEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
SeriesEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series

Bibliographical note

The proceedings is published on a usb.


  • Test site
  • Scaled
  • Wave energy
  • DanWEC
  • Scaled wave conditions


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