Mini-DAQ: A lightweight, low-cost, high resolution, data acquisition system for wave energy converter testing

HardwareX. 2022 Jun 21;12:e00332. doi: 10.1016/j.ohx.2022.e00332. eCollection 2022 Oct.


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.