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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION


PROTOTYPE DEPLOYED


After having experienced a serious setback due to a fishing vessel ramming and destroying their first wave energy prototype, Wavepiston deployed the second version in May 2017


The prototype is located at the DanWEC test site in the North Sea off the West coast of Denmark.


CEO Michael Henriksen said: “The deployment went very well. We have made a few updates to the prototype and the deployment procedure, which made the deployment simpler. We only needed a normal tug boat to deploy and install everything within a day – a very important step to reduce the costs.”


PROJECT PURPOSE The purpose of the prototype project is to test various versions of the energy collectors, that are mounted like pearls on a string on the 120m steel wire rope, ending up with eight optimised energy collectors to validate the potential of the Wavepiston system, including durability, energy efficiency and cost of energy.


A project with a full-scale Wavepiston system is planned to be initiated in 2018.


Fact box on the prototype project: » The prototype consists of • A 120-m steel wire rope with buoys and slack mooring in each end.


• 8 energy collectors mounted on the string.


» Expected output minimum 12 kW. » 2 ½ year project. » In a consortium with The Technical University of Denmark, Vryhof Anchors (NL), Fiellberg (FI), and Wavepiston.


» Budget DKK 12.5M. » Funded via a Danish grant of DKK 7.5M from ForskEL and private investors.


» The potential • Up to 250 kW per string, 7 MW per km2.


• Cost of energy; competitive with the other energy sources


Wavepiston


www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk


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