This paper presents a PhD project aimed to improve the reliability of production estimation of Wave Energy Converter from the performace description and the statistical description of a wave climate.
So far, a review of the different spectral parameters has been done. The parameters were then chosen regarding their relevance to wave energy conversion and how they combine to describe the directional spectrum. Using pseudo-deterministic methods (single summation), the generation of the sea states corresponding to the desired values of each parameter is an ongoing process. Accurate measurement of the wave spectrum inside the tank is an important part of the project. A version of the MMLM  specially implemented to make use of deterministic waves is developed. Emphasis is put on the design of an optimal gauge array. The method is currently tested against virtual data and early results on the array design are presented.