Sea Power Ltd has successfully deployed its novel 'WEC', or wave energy converter, prototype in Galway Bay at the SmartBay 1:4 scale test site. Their device seeks to "extract energy from ocean waves efficiently, safely and with minimum maintenance and maximum economic return". The Platform is a wave attenuator made up of large hollow concrete pontoons that oscillate on only a single hinge. It is capable of capturing incident wave power in more than one oscillation mode which gives it a distinct performance advantage over other types of WEC devices. The simplicity of the design makes it far more cost effective than any other available attentuator-type WEC device.
Check out how the scaled prototype came together coming up to the test deployment.
Congratulations to Joe and his son Cian Murtagh for reaching this key project milestone. TfI conducted mooring simulations for this deployment and we are delighted to see it brought forward.
For more information about the SeaPower Platform, visit their website at http://www.seapower.ie/