Waveroller Captures Ocean Wave Energy

AW-Energy's WaveRoller captures ocean wave energy
AW-Energy’s WaveRoller captures ocean wave energy.

AW-Energy, a Finnish cleantech company developing a unique and patented wave energy technology branded WaveRoller, has signed a $4.4M (3 million euros) contract with the European Union to demonstrate its technology. Ocean energy technology represents the largest untapped business potential within the renewables sector.

In April of 2008, deployment of the company’s second prototype, WaveRoller No.2, in Peniche, Portugal opened a new chapter in AW-Energy s WaveRoller technology with numerous upgrades over the previous year’s WaveRoller No.1, including a more powerful hydraulic cylinder. Data collected during the test period was used for verification of computational fluid dynamics simulations, and monitoring of sediment movements and fouling phenomenon, providing valuable data to be incorporated into the next version of the device.

The contract between AW-Energy and the EU is the first one under the “CALL FP7 – Demonstration of the innovative full size systems.” Several leading wave energy companies participated to the CALL. The contract includes a 3 million euro grant agreement, providing significant support to the demonstration project.

The goal of the project is to manufacture and deploy the first grid-connected WaveRoller unit in the Portuguese waters. The exact installation site is located near the town of Peniche, which is famous of its wave resources and also known as “Capital of the waves.” The nominal capacity of the WaveRoller unit is 300 kW and the project includes a one-year testing period.

The consortium led by AW-Energy includes companies from Finland, Portugal, Germany, and Belgium. Industrial heavy weights like Bosch-Rexroth and ABB, together with renewable energy operator Eneolica and wave energy specialist Wave Energy Center, are delivering their best know-how to ensure successful implementation of the project.

“The experience of our dream team consortium is a significant asset to the project, and we are thrilled about this real pan-European co-operation,” commented John Liljelund, CEO at AW-Energy. “AW-Energy has been working hard the last three years with two sea installed prototypes, tank testing and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations. Now we have the site, grid connection permission, installation license and the technology ready for the demonstration phase.”

AW-Energy Ltd is a Finnish cleantech company that has developed and patented a groundbreaking concept and product design, the WaveRoller, for the next-generation of electricity from surge. Surge is a well-known form of ocean (wave) energy. AW-Energy is privately held by its founders, personnel and investors. Investors include Aura Capital, JN Uljas, Sitra and Fortum.

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