WindFloat Pacific Project receives significant support from U.S. Department of Energy.
The plan is for five WindFloat 6 MW floating wind turbines to be deployed offshore the Oregon coast
Principle Power, Inc. (Principle Power) is pleased to announce The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today selected the WindFloat Pacific project for up to $47 million in matching grant funding to accelerate development of the 30-megawatt floating offshore wind farm proposed for the deep waters off Coos Bay, Oregon. […]
Carnegie Wave Energy has announced plans to develop a new generation of their CETO devices. CETO 6 power rating is 1 MW. This is a significant step change compared to the present design. Another significant change is the inclusion of electric power generation within the buoyant actuator. Up to now, all CETO systems included a shore-based generator driven by high pressure water produced by the wave energy conversion (WEC) devices. It is assumed that the new PTO design significantly increases power conversion efficiency, reduces costs and allows a more flexible deployment.
Carnegie target is to deploy a 3 devices demonstration array in 2016 aiming at offering CETO 6 as their first commercial device.
This is potentially a very significant milestone for the WEC sector. A lot of work is going into optimization of WEC arrays in preparation for wave farms deployments. However, it is obvious that the WEC device power rating has a massive impact on the commercial viability of the wave farm. With the majority of WEC devices presently rated at few hundred kW, it is very expensive and quite impractical to install, operate and maintain a wave farm of a significant power output. I think only when developers will be talking of arrays of WEC devices each rated few MW that wave energy would start making a significant contribution to power generation. Until then, its role would be limited to possibly supporting islands and isolated coastal communities.
Langlee Wave Power 132kW Robusto wave energy generator will be installed in the first phase. Langlee is indicating that further deployments are planned. Langlee Wave Power has also signed a similar agreement with the Lanzarote Island Council to install a 500kW pilot plant.
Robusto is a semi-submersible floating wave power converter measuring 30×50 metres. It is normally installed at sites of 40-100 meter water depth with four mooring lines to keep it in position.
The device is assembled onshore and then towed to site. Hence some components manufacturing and assembly will also be carried out at a site in the Canary Islands.
Something seems to be moving in the French offshore wind sector
In their press release, the FEE – the French wind energy trade organization – indicates the somewhat ambitiously sounding objectives of 15 GW and 6GW of capacity installed for fixed and floating wind respectively by 2030.
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