World’s largest capacity floating wave energy device set to begin testing in Scotland

The new €19.6 million ($19.2 million) project, called WEDUSEA, is co-funded by the EU’s Horizon Europe program and Innovate UK, and it aims to enable viable wave energy technology for the mass market, according to a press release.

“The world’s largest capacity floating wave energy device”

Ocean Energy claims its OE35 is the largest capacity floating wave energy device in the world. The machine floats on the surface of the ocean and uses a trapped air pocket to generate electricity.

The lower part of the OE35 is open to waves. As the waves pass through this submerged opening, they oscillate and pull the trapped air into a turbine. The energy generated can then be exported from the OE35 to the grid.

“The innovative actions undertaken in this program aim to improve the efficiency, reliability, scalability and sustainability of wave energy technology and to reduce the levelized cost of electricity of the technology by more than 30 %,” said Myles Heward, project manager at the European Marine Energy Center, adding that “this will help de-risk wave energy investments.”

Wave energy needed to improve energy security

Under the WEDUSEA project agreement, Ocean Energy will demonstrate a 1 MW OE35 floating grid-connected wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Center test site in Orkney, Scotland . The project will carry out three distinct test phases over the next four years.

“We expect WEDUSEAm to take energy beyond the state of the art through the collaboration of partners with multidisciplinary backgrounds and will contribute to the deployment of networks of reliable wave energy devices to achieve the 1 GW target for 2030 as presented in our Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy,” explained Matthijs Soede from the European Commission.

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