The research and testing for wave energy devices generates large amounts of experimental data. Recording, processing, presenting and archiving methods vary among the different MARINET facilities; due to different instrumentation, user requirements and experimental set-up.
This document provides a review of the methodologies for wave data storage and presentation techniques at the different facilities allowing the generation of common protocol or the benchmarking of results and presented in a concise format to facilitate comparison of results in a harmonised way.
The document identifies, through the use of a questionnaire, storage requirements for wave data collected at eleven MARINET facilities, both at laboratory and field scale, and reports the most common ways to represent wave data.
Discrepancies in data storage amongst the different facilities were noted when the data was collected in proprietary format. A wider agreement among the facilities was found in the ways wave data are represented. In both cases stronger agreement could be reached by following suggested guidelines, existing standards and creating wave data standards for the wave energy industry.