CEFOW project set to advance wave energy

EU-funded CEFOW research project aims to accelerate wave power development, decrease the levelised cost of ocean energy and create an efficient supply chain for future wave power projects.

CEFOW project is due for launch in June 2015, and will aim to demonstrate the viability of floating energy converters on a larger scale, and longer period of time.

The project is scheduled to last 5 years with the budget of €24.7 million.

The ultimate purpose of the CEFOW is to increase the speed of wave power development, decrease the levelised cost of ocean energy by improving technical solutions used for multiple device system, and create an efficient supply chain to support larger wave power projects in the future, according to European Commission.

The team of researchers will test Wello’s Penguin wave energy converter at Wave Hub, a test site off Cornwall that contains the necessary infrastructure for the demonstration and proving of offshore renewable energy technologies.

CEFOW consortium, consisting of Wello, Mojo Maritime, Wave Hub, Fortum, Green Marine (UK), Uppsala University, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter aims to improve the wave energy converter performance by 50 percent, and develop new types of dynamic mooring and electrical connections suitable for multi-device deployment.

The project’s goal is to deploy three 1 MW Penguin wave energy devices.

In addition, CEFOW will study the feasibility of on-board and on-shore storage solutions and conduct thorough multi-year environmental, health and safety studies.

Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project hopes to conclusively show that wave energy can be a cost-effective and efficient addition to Europe’s energy mix.

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Image: Wello Oy

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