WAVESTARProject ID: 38590
High-efficient, low-weight, pile-supported 500-kW wave energy converter
Total cost:EUR 4 044 286
EU contribution:EUR 1 710 472
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-TREN-4See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The objective of this project is to design, construct, install, optimize and document the operation of a 500 kW wave energy converter in the North Sea. The project will be an important milestone for future commercialisation of the concept. The WaveStar is characterized by its robustness, simplicity, high energy output and low weight. Forty floats transform both regular and irregular waves into a hydraulic system with forty cylinders that drives a hydraulic motor connected with the power generator. When the waves exceed a specified height the floats are lifted out of the water for protection of the mechanical system. Based on more than 50 different model tests carried out in 2004 in scale 1:40, the WaveStar concept is well documented and optimized for a maximum energy output. A scale 1:10 machine has been launched for sea test (January 2006) in the fjord Nissum Bredning, Denmark.
HANNA WAY, SWAY