Life DemoWave project to demonstrate viability of WECs off Galicia

A multidisciplinary consortium led by the University of Vigo will install two wave energy converters (WECs) off Galicia, Spain, to demonstrate the efficiency of wave energy devices in the high-energy coasts.

The main objective of the Life DemoWave project is to demonstrate the viability of two WECs, which have already been researched and patented, for electricity generation.

The two oscillating water column WEC prototypes, each one scaled at 25 kW, will be manufactured, installed and tested to demonstrate their socio-economic viability, as well as transferability potential, based on their design and systems’ efficiency.

The project also aims to highlight the environmental benefits of the system, by quantifying the reduction of carbon footprint and other pollutants along the entire cycle, in comparison with other technologies, and identifying and minimising its impact on biodiversity.

Life DemoWave project, with the total budget of €1.8 million, was awarded €1 million through LIFE programme – the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

The project will be developed over the course of next two years, until September 2018.

In addition to the University of Vigo, the consortium includes Quantum Innovative, CETMAR, ACSM, and Grupo Josmar.

 

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