Fred. Olsen’s Lifesaver ready for Hawaii installation

Sound & Sea Technology (SST) has completed the assembly of Fred. Olsen’s Lifesaver wave energy converter ahead of its planned deployment at Navy’s Kaneohe Bay Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Hawaii.

Fred. Olsen’s Lifesaver Energy Platform is ready for installation at WETS after being assembled at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, according to SST.

During August and September 2015, SST managed and participated in the assembly and systems integration of the Lifesaver Energy Platform.

The Lifesaver is an advanced electro‐mechanical point absorber WEC platform that uses point absorber hull and power take‐off configurations to harness and convert the energy of the nearshore to electricity.

According to SST, the Lifesaver platform will be tested and evaluated for approximately six months at WETS deep water test berths.

The system is designed to be easily transported and then fully assembled at or near an installation site.

The WEC is currently at temporary storage waterside at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe awaiting final environmental documentation.

Sound & Sea Technology is a Washington-based company that specializes in ocean engineering for complex undersea systems, for port and harbor security and renewable marine energy.

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