World-leading, Australia wave energy company, Carnegie Wave Energy has won a £2 million grant from the Scottish government to develop a wave energy power conversion system to accompany the company’s first CETO project in the UK, set to launch in 2018.
The ‘WavePOD’ project will deliver a fully tested hydraulic Power Take Off (PTO) prototype system, as well as plans for a full-scale system for subsequent use with a full scale CETO device.
The “Power Take Off” is a conversion system located within the CETO 6 buoy – see image below – that converts the hydraulic and mechanical energy from the CETO hydraulic cylinder into electricity for export to the grid, onshore.
The full scale WavePOD system will be targeted for use in Carnegie’s first UK project due for operation in 2018, following the delivery of Carnegie’s project off Garden Island in Western Australia – the world’s first grid connected wave energy array.
The UK project is expected to take 18 months to design, deliver and test a 1/10th scale prototype and to design a full scale system, and is fully funded by the government-owned Wave Energy Scotland.
Carnegie’s 100% owned subsidiary, CWE UK, will develop the system along with Scottish wave developer Aquamarine Power and global drive and control manufacturer Bosch Rexroth.