Untitled Document

WaveRoller demonstration planned for Portugal

A consortium led by Finland’s AW-Energy, developer of a patented wave energy technology known as WaveRoller, will receive 3 million euros (US$4.4 million) from the European Union to demonstrate its technology off the coast of Portugal.

A 300-KW WaveRoller unit will be placed off the coast near Peniche and tested for one year.

The WaveRoller is an oscillating plate bolted to the sea floor. The fiberglass/steel plate moves back and forth as the waves roll in. The hydraulic pressure created by the back-and-forth motion is used to drive a turbine to generate power.

The consortium is comprised of companies from Finland, Portugal, Germany and Belgium. What’s more, Bosch-Rexroth, ABB, Eneolica, and Wave Energy Center are participating in the demonstration project, AW-Energy said.

“The experience of out dream team consortium is a significant asset to the project,” said John Liljelund, chief executive officer of AW-Energy. “AW-Energy has been working hard the last three years with two sea-installed prototypes, tank testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations. Now we have the site, grid connection permission, installation license and the technology ready for the demonstration phase.”

Related Articles

French city seeks construction, operation of Taconnaz small hydro project

The city of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc seeks bids to build and operate the Taconnaz small hydropowe...
IHA new hydropower report

International Hydropower Association releases 2015 Hydropower Status Report

The International Hydropower Association announces availability of its 2015 Hydropower Statu...

Proposed changes to U.K.'s FiT program met with backlash from small hydro sector

Changes to the United Kingdom's Feed-In Tariff program could have a negative impact on a num...

France inaugurates Le Croisic MHK test site

On Aug. 25, France officially inaugurated the Site d’ Experimentation en Mer (SEM-REV) at Le...

Recent Comments

Hydro Slideshows

more slideshows >>  

Hydro Whitepapers

Industry News

Editor's Picks

Volume 34, Issue 6
Volume 23, Issue 4

Buyers Guide Products