In the Atlantic arc from Iceland to Portugal, Europe has some of the best natural wave resources in the world: with the total potential European ocean wave power estimated to be in the range 150-240 TWh per annum. The main barrier to wave energy expansion is the lack of a large, commercial-scale demonstration of the technology. In addition, the efficiency of devices is limited and needs to be improved. The WAVEPORT project aims to address this shortfall by demonstrating a large scale grid connected 200KW peak generator rated, point absorber Wave Energy Converter – for which a small scale prototype has been tested. WAVEPORT will also expedite the development of alternative devices by installing a ten port ‘open platform’ 1.5MW rated underwater substation pod for the validation of future wave energy converters. To address the need for improved efficiency, a novel Real-Time Wave-by-Wave tuning system will be developed and demonstrated.
Our aims are:
- Reduce the capital infrastructure cost of the WEC device to less that €2000/KW
- Accelerate the development of a wavefarm site within the Santona site in Spain, to 90MW by 2020 generating over 500GWh per annum offsetting approx 215,000 tonnes of C)2 per annum.
- Accelerate the development of European wave farms to 0.97GW by 202 generating over 6 TWh offsetting approx. 2.6 mT of CO2 per annum.
- Facilitating an ‘open platform’ approach for utilities and WEC developers through the use of the Underwater Sub-Station Pod, further reducing the risks associated with investment in this technology. Reduce the cost of Wave energy generated electricity to 4.3 c€/kWh by 2020.
- Improvement on the energy efficiency of wave energy devices by at least 35% (loading factor to at least 75%) by utilising the Wave-byWave tuning system
- Create 7600 jobs in the renewable energy sector over the period to 2020 by developing a European based wave energy industry worth €1.9 billion in cumulative costs.