As part of the development process, scaled testing of wave energy converter devices are necessary to prove a concept, study hydrodynamics, and validate control system approaches. Creating a low-cost, small, lightweight data acquisition system suitable for scaled testing is often a barrier for wave energy converter developers' ability to test such devices. This paper outlines an open-source solution to these issues, which can be customized based on specific needs. This will help developers with limited resources along a path toward commercialization.
Keywords: Data logging; Electrical engineering; Energy; EtherCAT; Open hardware; Renewable energy; System monitoring; Wave energy.
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