Eco Wave Power gets green light to install wave energy floaters in Israel

Eco Wave Power has secured the engineering coordination permit for the installation of ten floaters for the ‘EWP-EDF One’ wave energy project in the Port of Jaffa in Israel.

Illustration for Jaffa Port floaters (Courtesy of Eco Wave Power)
Jaffa Port floaters illustration (Courtesy of Eco Wave Power)

The permit, granted by the Municipality of Tel-Aviv Jaffa, allows Eco Wave Power to proceed with the actual installation of the project on the seaside of the breakwater.

The works will include cement works for the breakwater’s reinforcement, and the installation of ten floaters on 30-metre-long pre-existing breakwater within the port. The floaters will have a combined installed capacity of 100kW.

Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power, said: “Due to the onshore nature of the Eco Wave Power technology, the cement and floaters installation works will be straightforward and will not involve any ships, divers, underwater cables or underwater moorings, which are known to be extremely expensive and complex.

All works will be performed from the land side, using standard equipment such as cranes, thus reinforcing the cost-effectiveness of the Eco Wave Power technology, in comparison to offshore solutions”.

All civil works were planned and will be supervised by Alex Gleizer, a civil engineer with 25 years of experience. According to Eco Wave Power, the works are expected to be completed in the upcoming months.

Gleizer said: “I have taken part in multiple energy projects, such as a 495MW traditional power station in 2012 and a pumped storage hydroelectricity project in the Gilboa in Israel in 2017, but Eco Wave Power’s wave energy technology is definitely the most unique and innovative project that I have taken part in. I am very excited to take part in this project by supervising the execution of the civil works in a safe and reliable manner”.

To remind, earlier in 2021 Eco Wave Power started the grid connection works for the project. At the time, the company said the works would take place in two parts, as they included different routes within the port.

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The ‘EWP-EDF One’ project is being developed in collaboration with EDF Renewables IL, and co-funding from the Israeli Energy Ministry.