The first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller® device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.
The WaveRoller® has been installed 820 metres offshore from Peniche. At this phase of the installation, data are being collected 24/7 to monitor the performance of the device using motion, pressure and strain gauge sensors that are engineered in to its panel, foundation and bearings. The data collected indicate WaveRoller® is operating well and performance is in accordance with expectations.
Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller®’s control system to maximise its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s next generation monitoring software which can be used to remotely access the device by any of the engineers from anywhere in the world and at any time, to help assess and manage the performance of WaveRoller®.
The next phase of the project is injecting the power output to the Portuguese National Transmission Grid from the onshore substation. Commissioning work is already in progress with the local authorities to connect the substation to the local grid which will ensure residents of Peniche can benefit from sustainable energy supply using wave energy.”
The deployment of WaveRoller® in Peniche is an important step forward in AW-Energy’s mission to test the end-to-end commercial and technical capabilities of its latest wave energy device.