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Sea power and Limerick Wave Ltd. will be in receipt of funding to develop a pre-commercial 1:4 scale demonstrator unit at Smartbay test site in Galway Bay. The Seapower Platform will measure mechanical power at the site in phase 1 and convert this mechanical power to electrical power in phase 2.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is Ireland’s national energy authority with a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices, and a vision of making Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy. This encompasses environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy, in support of Government policy, across all sectors of the economy. Its remit relates mainly to improving energy efficiency, advancing the development and competitive deployment of renewable sources of energy and combined heat and power, and reducing the environmental impact of energy production and use, particularly in respect of greenhouse gas emissions. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme cofounded by the Irish Government and the European Union
Thanks to MACSI (Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry), in particular Dr. William Lee and his students of University of Limerick for carrying out analysis and modelling of the PTO.
Sea power Ltd are testing their prototype Seapower Platform at the wave basin at Queens University in Portaferry. Monochromatic and panchromatic waves are produced and excellent power has been measured:
Testing includes a novel PTO damping strategy, different mooring layouts, different pontoon configurations and wave directionality tests. Preliminary results are available here
May 2014. Seapower and Limerick Wave entered a partnership to share knowledge & expertise. The Limerick Wave PTO unit will be developed in conjunction with the Seapower Platform. This will advance the direct drive power take off option for the Seapower device. Enterprise Ireland has awarded innovation vouchers to MACSI in the University of Limerick to develop mathematical models of both the Limerick Wave PTO module and Seapower WEC combined into a single Matlab model.
A shape optimisation study just completed in February 2014 indicates that the Power Curve can be increased by changing the pontoon and hinge configurations. Seapower will use the Marinet tank testing program to validate these numerical results.
Location: Portaferry, QUB, Belfast
Time: 4 weeks
Set out in the Irish Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan launched by Irish Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte, includes a feed-in tariff of €260 per megawatt-hour
Seapower continues to receive support from the Irish Government via the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funding schemes
Seapower has just complete the assembly of the PTO bench test rig which was grant-aided by the SEAI.
November 2011. Sea Power Ltd is finalising a development and validation program on its design concept for a wave energy converter – The Sea Power Platform. Physical and numerical modelling of our test model, along with extensive in-house tank testing and testing in Strathclyde University, have produced significant results. The Power Curve and Power Matrix generated significantly exceed other known devices.
The design process for the next Advanced Development Model is underway and work will commence on this in the New Year.