Gallery: WaveEL buoy on display in Gothenburg
WaveEL device during assembly (Photograph courtesy of Waves4Power AB, Sweden)
Waves4Power, a Sweden-based wave energy developer, is organizing a public viewing of their WaveEL wave energy device at Eriksberg quayside, Gothenburg, Sweden, ahead of its deployment.
The company is setting up an event during which the attendees will have an opportunity to meet representatives from the business network, the West Swedish Subsea, and OffshoreVäst.
Also, Wave4Power’s CEO, Ulf Lindelöf, will show the WaveEl buoy to the visitors and explain its working principles.
The event will take place at Quality Hotel 11, Eriksberg, on February 5, 2015.
The WaveEL system is comprised of an 8 meter long acceleration tube, open at both ends, which goes right through the buoy and is sticking down 30-35 meters below it.
As waves rise and lower the buoy with the attached tube, they will move differently from the water column in the tube. By placing a piston connected to a hydraulic conversion system in the tube, a pump is created.
The hydraulic pump is connected to an accumulator feeding a hydraulic motor with a generator that converts the hydraulic pressure to electric power.
Waves4Power, plans to deploy its point absorber full scale WaveEL device at Runde test site, off Norway, early in 2016, in order to demonstrate survivability, energy production and to give potential customers an opportunity to evaluate the system performance in real-sea conditions.