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VALID to host side event with IMPACT at ICOE-OEE

Is hybrid testing the key to accelerating wave energy development?

The VALID project, together with the IMPACT project, aims to explore this question in their joint side event at ICOE-OEE 2022.

Answering the same Horizon-2020 call topic to develop new test rig devices for accelerating ocean energy technology development, both the IMPACT and VALID project are tasked with streamlining the testing process—and ultimately the path to market—for ocean energy technology.

On Thursday, 20 October from 11:30-13:00 in Side Event Room 9, join wave energy developers, researchers and industry professionals from across Europe as they discuss the benefits of hybrid testing in ocean energy, creating a methodology framework for hybrid testing, and as they highlight the challenges and key achievements from each project so far.

Following the presentation, Aquatera Ltd Director Gaynor Jones will host a Q&A with our panelists from CorPower Ocean, IDOM, Yavin Four Consultants and SINTEF Ocean.

Find full details on the VALID-IMPACT side event at

Please contact if you have any questions or would like to connect with project partners during the conference. We look forward to seeing many of you at this year’s leading ocean energy event.


VALID (Verification through Accelerated testing Leading to Improved wave energy Design) aims to adapt novel hybrid testing methodologies frequently used in the automotive industry, combining the virtual and physical environment, to create a Hybrid Testing Platform for wave energy devices. Centered around three user cases, the consortium of 13 partners hope to transform the fundamental approach to accelerated testing and establish the correlation between ocean and lab conditions, allowing for common testing procedures and convergence in technology across Europe.

IMPACT (Innovative Methods for wave energy Pathways Acceleration through novel Criteria and Test rigs) is a collaborative research and innovation project involving five European partners that 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 that expands the capabilities of the existing Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technique. This will be supported by novel testing methodologies, addressing performance, reliability and survivability of WECs.

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