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
(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.