Their contribution was possible through collaboration between the “Construction of guidelines for marine energy in Chile” and “Technology Adaptation” projects, from the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC).

In late May, the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the Austral University of Chile (UACh), organized a technical training course called “Tank Testing For Wave Energy Converter Applications”. The workshop, led by David Ingram, Thomas Davey and Sam Draycott (experts from the University of Edinburgh), was intended to instruct on the testing of prototype technologies for extracting marine energy in test tanks, including using cutting edge instrumentation and implementation of international guidelines.

In this aspect, Dr. Gonzalo Tampier, MERIC-UACh researcher, commented: “We have opened a unique opportunity for the national research community that is related to marine energy. Professor Ingram’s team is worldwide recognized in this area. To have had them here sharing their experiences exceeded all my expectations. In addition, the technical level, the group dynamics and the practical nature of this course created a learning opportunity that went beyond a traditional course. “

Moreover, the technical and research coordinator of the project “Construction of guidelines for marine energy in Chile” Meric Dernis Mediavilla, said: “The training sessions for the use of standardized methods and processes to test marine technologies in test tanks are completely related to MERIC efforts to create a guide for marine energy in the country. “

The workshop, held at the Miraflores Campus, UACh, gathered 20 specialists interested in new technologies used in the development of marine energy. The meeting was attended by experts and students from, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, University of Santiago, University of Valparaiso, University of Concepcion, University of Biobio, Federico Santa María Technical University and Austral University of Chile, as well as professionals from the National Institute of Hydraulic,

The courses allowed attendees to receive training in the use of standardized methods and technologies for testing marine technology in Flow Channels, aiming to avoid the use of different methodologies on each laboratory and, therefore, different results. Participants could also operate Qualisys cameras, instruments used by Scottish experts in the FloWave test tank at the University of Edinburgh. These cameras allow researchers to monitor the movements of model ships under different conditions of waves, currents and winds.

After the meeting, the organizers had a positive evaluation of the course and stated that efforts will be made in the future to acquire such equipment, providing new tools to face the challenges that the joint research, between MERIC and Austral University of Chile, poses.