PolyWEC aims at generating new knowledge in different fields of science and with specific scientific objectives developing:
- novel concepts and methodologies for wave energy harvesting through transducers based on Dielectric Elastomers (DEs) materials;
- novel fully-coupled electro-hyperelastic-hydrodynamic models for polymeric Wave Energy Converters (WECs) design, numerical simulation and control;
- novel techno-economical models for assessing the economic potential of DE-based WECs in given wave-climates, as well as for evaluating their energy-carbon sustainability;
- novel algorithms for DE-based WECs control;
- novel concepts and methodologies for the development of DE materials and transducers for wave energy harvesting.
In addition PolyWEC will address the following technological challenges:
- the development and experimental validation of innovative small-scale DE-based WECs;
- development and experimental validation of new kinds of DEs for wave energy harvesting;
- development and experimental validation of new types of transducers for wave energy harvesting;
- the definition of guidelines for designing DEs and transducers for energy harvesting applications;
- the definition of guidelines for the design and operation of DE-based WECs in specific wave-climates;
- preliminary economic and environmental assessment of wave-energy farms based on DE units.