WEDUSEA wave energy project gears up for big splash

Source: The Engineer

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

A €19.6m project backed by the EU is seeking to take wave energy beyond the pilot scale and demonstrate that the technology can play a key role in decarbonisation.

WEDUSEA (Wave Energy Demonstration at Utility Scale to Enable Arrays ) features 14 pan-European partners, led by Irish company OceanEnergy. Announced at this week’s International Conference on Ocean Energy in Spain, the project will see OceanEnergy’s 1MW OE35 wave capture device deployed at Orkney’s EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre), complete with grid connection. 

“This rigorous technical and environmental demonstration will happen over a two-year period in Atlantic wave conditions,” said Prof Tony Lewis, chief technical officer at OceanEnergy.

“We believe this will be transformational for the wave energy industry, with outcomes directly impacting policy, technical standards, public perception and investor confidence. Wave energy is the world’s most valuable and persistent renewable resource. However, it has yet to be fully realised. The project will demonstrate that wave technology is on a cost reduction trajectory and will thus be a stepping stone to larger commercial array scale up and further industrialisation. We predict that the natural energy of the world’s oceans will one day supply much of the grid.”

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