W4P – A Success

Demonstration at Runde: https://www.waves4power.com/demo-runde/

-We searched across half of Europe to find the right site for our wave energy plant. And we found it just outside Runde, states general manager of Waves4Power Ulf Lindelöf.

The latest prototype have been deployed outside Runde since February of 2016. It has faced rough weather conditions, with several  severe storms, one exceeding Beaufort 12, but the plant survived it all.

-Initially our primary focus was to demonstrate that the plant itself could handle rough weather conditions. The only problem we experienced were metal fatigue damage to a component that experienced stronger forces than expected. This was remedied, and the power plant was redeployed. June 2nd 2017 also saw the separate transformer buoy installed, and the wave plant delivering power to the grid.

The future of wave energy
Combined with other energy sources, Waves4 Power believes their wave energy plant can supply among other things aquaculture installations with clean energy.

-We are looking into several needs of the fish farming industry. Clean energy and energy storage, oxygen supply, and not least fresh water supply used for delousing.

-Perhaps wave energy can replace diesel generators and supply fish farms with more than just clean energy, they speculate.


New ideas from W4P to utilize  wave power

Press Release: World Unique Wave Power Breakthrough


Information from Waves 4 Power:

June 2nd, 2017, is a milestone for fossil free energy in general and for Waves4Power in particular. Today the Waves4Power wave energy system was connected to shore and started to deliver electricity to the Norwegian power grid. This took place at Runde on the Norwegian west coast; an optimal place for wave power with its abundance of strong waves.

The Waves4Power wave energy system consists of the WaveEL buoy, a connection hub, and custom designed proprietary marine cables from the buoy to the hub, and from the hub to shore. The cable from the hub to shore is 3 km long. The complete system is the result of years of development work, prototypes, and testing. This is a full-scale demonstration installation and the first step towards commercial serial production. The serial production site will be at Fiskåholmen shipyard in Vanylven municipality. Stryvo Group AS, Stryn is responsible for the production.

If we can make it here we’ll make it anywhere

The WaveEL buoy was deployed at Runde in February 2016. A week after deployment, the system was challenged with 14 m high waves at the launch site. This is what we call a real live test of system survival even though the mooring system’s design parameters are for substantially larger waves than this. In April and May of 2017 the complete system was finally installed on site and connected to the land-based power grid. Runde Environment Centre and Tussa Energy, the local power company, have played important roles in making this possible. The marine operations have been planned, supervised, and performed by BlueOrbis AB and Olympic Shipping AS.

Important success factors

Waves4Power has built a unique network of industrial partner companies. Each partner company is an industry leader in their respective field of business and they take full responsibility for their solutions in the complete wave energy system.  This collaborative approach to the work adds immeasurable credibility to Waves4Power and speeds up the development process.

For more information please contact:

CEO, Ulf Lindelöf, ulf.lindelof@waves4power.com  phone: +46 72 210 44 20

Website: www.waves4power.com

New website

The Ocean Energy Centre has got a new and updated website.

Runde Environmental Centre has now completed the work to create a new website and create facebook sites for havergisenteret.no.

The target groups have been in focus and we have divided the page into two functions. One for education and schools, and one for the industry who do projects with the Runde Environment Center and the Ocean Energy Centre.

We greatly appreciate feedback on our site!


New test area for wave power

In March, Siva (Enterprise for Industrial Growth) launched a new aid scheme called the Norwegian Catapult. No has 38 business environment applied for admission to the new arrangements.

The government has set 50 million for the establishment of test centers for small and medium-sized enterprises, so that new solutions can be tested on an industrial scale.

Runde Environmental Center wishes to establish a Norwegian catapult center for marine energy on Runde.

Unfortunately, we did not get the award this time.

SIVA announces that they want a new round next year, where everyone can apply to become the Norwegian Catapult Center

Siva’s website: https://siva.no/norsk-katapult/

Study trip to Japan

(Date 25th of May 2016)
The environmental center was on a trip to Japan in May 2016 to study marine energy and marine research. The main goal was the University of Tokyo, but there was also time for a trip south to Okinawa and the small island of Kumejima one hour flight west of the ocean.

At Kumejima there is an OTEC plant that produces about 100 kW of electricity continuously by heat exchange between cold deep water and hot surface water. The plant was established in 2013 and is part of the Deep Sea Water Center on the island. After the depth of 600 m deep is useful in the OTEC plant, it goes on to other companies in the center. Deep water is attractive, both because it is cold and because it is sterile and contains soft nutrient salts. Thus it can be used in controlled bioproduction on land, of algae, seaweed and tare, seafood, coral and vegetables. Noko of the water benefits from the cooling of the barley, and is probably desalinated, add portions of the extracted salt again and sold as mineral water (health food). Another company uses deepwater to make medicines and cosmetic products.

In this way, a gardenergy plant in this case contributes to generate various additional activities, see the photo below. In the area, 300 people work and turnover is on several billion yen. The OTEC plant should be expanded to 1 MW. This will also provide more deep water so that bioproduction can increase. We had a meeting at the OTEC center and with 5-6 of the deepwater utilities. There was great interest in cooperation with Norway, as the Environmental Center will follow.

Links to more information:

Deep sea water research institute, Kumejima:
About OTEC:

For more information, contact L. Golmen, 47890957.

New UN-report about the ocean

(22 January 2016)
The UN today launched the comprehensive report First World Ocean Assessment, which deals with the status of maritime and marine activity in Verdshava, and the correlation with resources, etc. www.worldoceanassessment.org

Runde Miljøsenter has been involved in the work on the report.

The work of over 50 sub-chapters has a very long time, grounded bureaucracy. Many countries have had a word in the team, including those without coastline, Lars Golmen wins. Even if the perspective is global, I believe that the report will also be of interest to people and workmates in Møre og Romsdal, which has an eye on the sea, he says.

After the quarter, the Center will take the initiative to present and discuss relevant parts of the content, taking into account ringing in both the knowledge and the business community in the region.

You can read the report here.

Visit from Japan

(January 7, 2016)The Environmental Center visited Yuji and Makiko Tanaka from the University of Tokyo 4-7 January 2016. Yuji is a professor of Marine Biology at the University. He wishes cooperation with the Environmental Center, special in the fields of marine energy, seaweeds and tare and fishing resources.Gjestane got around in the municipality and was among others. aboard Kings Bay and Havila Subsea, for information on such modern boats.The photo shows guests and Roger Kvalsund at Marine Harvest’s facility at Eggesbønes, where they also get a tour.Lars Golmen is very pleased with the visit and discussions and will soon be to Tokyo for follow-up meetings about cooperation and agreements.

Wave power and environmental effects, new report

Harbor energy as wave power and tidal power is new renewable, “green” energy, which represents technology with antequence, limiting negative environmental impacts and positive environmental benefits. However, the negative environmental aspects that may exist need to be highlighted and taken care of through both preschools, modeling, monitoring and knowledge management. This will include both general and facility-specific / site-specific environmental impacts. Round Environmental Center with Lars G. Golmen is centrally placed in international work in this area, through the IEA and ICES working groups.

Norway is engaged in the International Energy Agency IEA’s work on marine energy and the environment. This is organized in Annex 4 under the umbrella (Implementing Agreement) IEA-OES: Ocean Energy Systems, where Norway v / NFR is an official member. http://www.ocean-energy-systems.org/

OES Annex 4 takes care of marine energy and the environment, environmental monitoring and environmental impacts of various types of plants, says Golmen. The Annex 4 Group has representatives from 13 OES countries, and is Leia of PNNL: Pacific Northwest Laboratories in the United States. The group meets a couple of times a year, usually in connection with conferences. Annex 4 has several ongoing tasks, etc. to maintain and update a database for marine energy and environmental impacts; Tethys database: http://tethys.pnnl.gov/. Here are very useful information gathering, both over facility types, existing installations and conducted tests and demonstrations, as well as references to reports and publications from theoretical studies and environmental monitoring. Much of this will be useful also for offshore winds. The group also organizes workshops and prepares and updates Best Practice Environmental Monitoring Document. The review of international regulations, legislation and land-based planning at sea is central to the work, and Golmen has recently collected data for this for the situation in Norway.

Annex 4 published in the beginning of 2016, a single report, State of the Science, for what is known about the environmental impact of port facilities and its correlation can be monitored and documented in the best possible way. Consider the various stressors of the plant, such as the physical installation, noise and sound in the sea, possible contamination unit and electromagnetic field (EMF). Surveillance methodology is reported for marine mammals, birds, fish and other pelagic fauna, as well as for botany fauna and seaweed (ascension) where applicable. The Tethys database and the new report constitute a useful reference base for Round Environment Center, concludes Golmen.

You can read all of the reports here: http://tethys.pnnl.gov/publications/state-of-the-science-2016

(Image is a link to the Norwegian context in the report)

Long distance visitors

(3. November 2015)
Two researchers from the University of Hawaii take this round. Dei works at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, http://www.hnei.hawaii.edu/, focusing on marine energy and has been in contact with RMS for a long time. Professor Steve Masutani is an expert in thermal energy, but also works with marine biomass, hydrogen production, methane hydrate and fuel cells. Patrick Cross is responsible for operating at WETS test site for wave power on the east side of the Oahu Island. This is the only test site in the United States with a network connection, and thus has a similarity with Runde.

There are three connection points on the site, with anchor in place. One plant (Azura) has produced power to the network for a year, and a new facility will soon be in place and supply power to the network. It exchanges information on experiences and plans, collaborating on the verification of stream production and environmental monitoring in connection with testing: monitoring of birds and fish, as well as factors such as ocean noise, to which WETS has good experience. The parties intend to enter into a long-term cooperation agreement, which includes project cooperation and personnel exchange.

Photo: Steve Masutani and Patrick Cross in front of the Runde Environment Center.