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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


CAPTURING THE MOTION OF


NEAR-SHORE WAVES While the conversion of waves into energy has been the focus of hundreds of companies, engineers and scientists globally, significant barriers still exist in harnessing wave energy on a commercial scale


Most of the existing wave power technologies operate in the offshore - several miles into the ocean, where waves theoretically can generate large amounts of energy. The conditions in these locations, however, are often extreme, unpredictable and multi- directional, presenting a high risk to the equipment’s survivability during stormy conditions. These factors make offshore systems both unreliable and uninsurable.


HIGH COSTS Aside from being unreliable and uninsurable in these environments, the costs of these power stations are quite high, as construction and maintenance require sea-specialised workers, boats, divers and special and expensive equipment. Such prices are even more elevated when taking into account the need to transmit the energy back to shore. Obtaining necessary environmental approvals is also a difficulty, since offshore projects usually connect to the sea floor and create new presence in the marine environment, which is highly objected to by environmentalists.


SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY Overcoming these barriers, Eco Wave Power (EWP) developed simple, but


sophisticated and robust technology. Floaters, attached to existing ocean structures such as breakwaters, piers, jetties, seawalls and more, rise and fall with the up and down motion of water and the incident flux of waves producing hydraulic pressure. The produced hydraulic pressure is then converted into electricity through land located smart conversion units. EWP’s near-shore wave energy generation system was recognised as a “Pioneering Technology” by the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Department of Energy and Infrastructure and came to light as a breakthrough technological solution which overcame the barriers halting the wave power industry.


SUCCESSFUL TESTING PHASE Testing their system in the wave pool of the Hydro Mechanic Institute in Kiev, EWP proved that large amounts of energy could be generated through near-shore technology. After completing a successful testing phase, EWP created a trial station on the Crimean Peninsula to confirm the system’s ability to withstand real maritime conditions. This system was later transferred to Jaffa Port in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where, for the past three years, it has been operating continuously as an R&D station. In its


Israel R&D station, the automation, storm-protection mechanisms and unique floater shapes were developed, while additional optimisation testing continues to this day.


GIBRALTAR SIGNING


Following the development of its R&D station, EWP signed a 5 MW PPA with the government of Gibraltar. The initial wave power station of the project was completed in May 2016 and was the first commercial-grid connected wave energy station in Europe. The power station is insured by a reputable UK insurance company and the day-to-day production of energy imposes zero impact on the harboring environment. The system is operated by land-based technicians and the transmission of electricity to the grid is cost-efficient and highly competitive, after over a year of operation, the Gibraltar plant has proven itself to be both economical and reliable.


Eco Wave Power


www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk


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