EWP finalising seawall works ahead of wave energy floaters installation
Swedish-Israeli wave energy developer Eco Wave Power (EWP) is nearing completion of the reinforcement works on the seawall meant to accommodate wave energy floaters in Port of Jaffa in Israel.
The works have so far included clearing the top cement layer of the relevant sections of the seawall, followed by adding two layers of steel rebars for reinforcement.
In several days, and depending on the weather conditions, EWP plans to complete the final step of the reinforcement works by adding a new cement layer, which will provide the necessary support for the installation of the floaters
In parallel, the company said it is in an advanced production process of the first set of floaters. Upon the completion of the production, EWP will gradually start with the installation of floaters, supporting structures and hydraulic pipes onto the new cement layers.
Inna Braverman, founder and CEO of EWP, said: “We had some execution delays due to unfavorable weather conditions, as well as external renovation works that have been performed in the Port of Jaffa.
“However, now I am glad to announce that we are back on track and are looking forward to finalizing the floaters production and installation of the whole array, which will enable us to send clean electricity from sea waves to the Israeli national electrical grid for the very first time”.
The works are part of the ‘EWP-EDF One’ wave energy project, which will include 10 floaters, connected to one conversion unit.
Due to the onshore nature of the Eco Wave Power technology, the works on the sea wall and floaters installation will be straightforward and will not involve any works performed from the seaside
The ‘EWP-EDF One’ conversion unit will be located on land, just like a regular power station, enabling an easy access for operation and maintenance.
The project is being developed in collaboration with EDF Renewables Israel and co-funding from the Israeli Energy Ministry.