WAVESSGProject reference: 19831
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Full-scale demonstration of robust and high-efficiency wave energy converter
Total cost:EUR 1 433 748
EU contribution:EUR 1 000 000
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-ENERGY-3
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
WEAS currently carries out a separate pilot project of the SSG wave converter at the small island of Kvitsoy, Norway. The full-scale technical prototype of the SSG includes three reservoirs for capturing the ocean energy and is constructed as a robust shor eline device. The patented multi-reservoir concept ensures that a variety of waves are utilized for energy production, resulting in a high degree of efficiency. The pilot project regards a 10 m wide civil structure module of the SSG (without turbine and ge nerator) and will be completed in 2006. Concurrently, WEAS in co-operation with NTNU performs a development study of a new multi-level water turbine (MST), specifically designed for the SSG converter. The main objective of the present project is to opera te at full-scale one module of the SSG converter in 19 kW/m wave climate, including turbine, generator and control system. The specific objectives of the project are: - To design a full-scale 150 kW technical prototype of the innovative MST turbine techno logy - To manufacture, test and install a full-scale 150 kW technical prototype of the innovative MST turbine technology into the SSG structure - To design a full-scale 150 kW generator and control system equipment - Measure performance data of the SSG wa ve energy converter including the structure in a period of up to six months for reliability and life time assessment - To manufacture, test and install a full-scale generator and control system equipment for grid connection and annual production of 200,0 00 kWh of renewable and pollution-free electricity, corresponding to 20,000 kWh/m - Obtain a hydraulic efficiency of at least 39 % for the shoreline application - Obtain a wave-to-wire efficiency of more than 25 % during the test period - Obtain 96 % avail ability of plant - Obtain 85 % availability of production The success of the project will be measured against the last five specific objectives mentioned at the end of the project.