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Elements of large wave power plants

Large wave power plants consisting of a large number of wave energy converters constructed over a relatively short period, will require rationalized industrial production, installation and maintenance procedures.

A wave power plant of 300 MW with a planned construction period of 5 years is considered. The plant consists of 2640 modules each of 135 kW. The modules are constructed of concrete and the industrial fabrication plant needed for the production and assembling of the structural elements has been discussed.

As part of the wave energy research carried out in Denmark a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of 300 MW plants has been investigated at different offshore locations in Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and New Zealand.

A wave energy converter suited for the Danish part of the North Sea and the production plant located in Denmark has been designed. It would be possible to site 2 plants of 300 MW each in the Danish part of the North Sea.

Requirements with regard to the storage of converters being produced and equipment for launching and transporting the modules to sea have been discussed. Relations between daily production rates and storage capacity were presented as well as methods of installing devices on the seabed and connecting them to the grid. Aspects and methods of device maintenance were also analysed.

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Danish Wave Power ApS
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