Carnegie becomes industry partner on project that tests novel concrete material for WECs

Carnegie becomes industry partner on project testing novel concrete material for WECs

CETO Wave Energy Ireland (CWEI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Clean Energy, has secured €45,238 in funding to participate as an industry partner in the WECHULL+ Project which will investigate and test a novel concrete material for wave energy converters (WECs).

Illustration/CETO wave energy array (Courtesy of Carnegie Clean Energy)

The funding was provided by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) as part of the European Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP).

The project focuses on minimizing the impact of materials on the environment while increasing the availability of manufacture of wave energy converter (WEC) hulls, advancing the scaling up of WEC production and reducing cost.

CWEI will be able to engage in the development of a novel concrete material for WEC hulls, which could deliver valuable technical and commercial improvements to the CETO technology.

The company will contribute technical expertise to the project, providing both funded and in-kind support. CETO was selected as the WEC use case for the development of this material, and thus learnings will be directly applicable to CETO.

The project will be delivered by a European consortium with the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) leading it. Project partners are Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Ocean Harvesting Technologies (Sweden), Gdansk University of Technology (Poland), SolarDuck (Netherlands), Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (Spain), Pekebex (Poland) alongside representation from CWEI.

CWEI has signed the funding agreement with SEAI and the consortium agreement with the WECHULL+ Consortium and the project will now commence.

In September, Carnegie Clean Energy’s AGUAMARINA project was awarded €1.2 million from the Spanish government to enhance and extend the deployment of the CETO wave energy device at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) in the Basque Country.

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