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RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGY FEATURE Substation installed for SURGE2 project


AW-Energy (AWE) has completed the first step of its SURGE2 project in Peniche, Portugal, by installing a new substation


The supplier of the substation is PROinSENER Energía. “The previous substation used for project SURGE (2012–2014) is replaced by an improved new substation with a higher rating, which is better suited for project deliveries and the maritime climate,” says Jussi Åkerberg, CTO of AWE. This new project, SURGE2, is also


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he SURGE2 project follows the successful SURGE project, where


AW-Energy demonstrated the technology with a grid connected device producing electricity to the Portuguese grid from a site fully exposed to ocean storms. The WaveRoller is a device that converts ocean wave energy to electricity. The machine operates in near-shore areas at depths of between eight and 20 metres. Depending on tidal conditions it is mostly or fully submerged and fixed to the seabed. A single WaveRoller unit is


rated at between 350kW and 1000kW, with a capacity factor of 25-50 per cent, depending on wave conditions at the project site. The technology can be deployed as single units or in farms. The substation, located on land, connects the WaveRoller device to the grid using transformers, frequency converters and other electrical components. Abeinsa Engineering has been responsible for the project coordination of the new substation’s detailed design and manufacturing.


designated a FOAK (First of a Kind) project and has been designed to meet ESB’s WestWave requirements. Manufacturing of the main components


for this new industry (which began in 2016) have been sourced globally – Canada, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK. The main subsystems are the foundation, power take off, panel and panel bearings. The project was financed by AW-Energy and a loan from Finland’s TEKES (now Business Finland).


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