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Eco Wave Power, Ocean University of China teaming up for hydrokinetic development

Hydrokinetic energy company Eco Wave Power and the Ocean University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding that could see the first commercial-scale implementation of EWP technologies.

As per the agreement, Ocean University will secure funding for the project and conduct related research and development.

MATIMOP -- a Tel Aviv-based organization that provides mediation services between Israeli and foreign companies -- says the design of generating units was of particular appeal to Ocean University.

HydroWorld.com reported in June that EWP had used two medium-scale tests to demonstrate different variations of its product.

Each unit featured a differently shaped floater head, which is attached via a hinge-like boom to the end of a static platform. The floating head causes the arm to rise and fall based on wave motion, thus creating the movement needed for power generation.

"The uniqueness of Eco Wave Power is in its innovative idea to develop and implement different floater shapes for every location and implementation" says MATIMOP Program Manager Merav Tapiero. "Moreover, as opposed to offshore wave energy solutions, EWP came up with an energy conversion system that is located outside of the water, thereby improving reliability."

Neither EWP nor Ocean University specified when or where installation of the generating units might begin.

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