Lloyd’s Register gives nod for WaveRoller

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AW Energy’s wave energy device, WaveRoller, has received the second endorsement from Lloyd’s Register Energy.

WaveRoller’s concept design was evaluated in accordance with Lloyd’s ‘Qualification of New Technology’ and ‘Qualification Management’ standards.

Lloyd’s Register Energy (LRE) stated that the qualification activities in the Technology Qualification Plan describe an appropriate approach for demonstrating the technology goals as achievable, AW Energy’s press release reads.

LRE concluded that the concept is suitable for further development and qualification according to given standards. The certification process is a four-stage risk-based development leading to a full Technology Certificate.

Rebecca Sykes, Marine Energy Leader at Lloyd’s Register Energy, said: “Lloyd’s Register is pleased to have awarded a Statement of Endorsement for AW-Energy’s QS1 Technology Qualification Plan. AW-Energy has shown commitment to the long term certification of Waveroller and is undertaking a Technology Qualification process as a part of this.”

Lloyd’s Register Energy is providing an independent review for all stages of the 350 kW WaveRoller device development, due to be deployed in 2016.

Christopher Ridgewell, CTO at AW Energy, added: “This is a thorough process that requires effort, but with every step we can clearly see the benefits in minimising risks to secure the success of the project.”

Earlier this year, LRE issued a Statement of Feasibility to WaveRoller technology as a first step in the certification process.

WaveRoller wave energy device works when the back and forth movement of water driven by wave surge puts the panel into motion, which triggers the hydraulic piston, attached to the panel, to pump the hydraulic fluids inside a closed hydraulic circuit.

The high-pressure fluids are fed into a hydraulic motor that drives an electricity generator, producing electricity, which is then fed to the grid via subsea cable.

Lloyd’s Register is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, that offers compliance, risk and technical consultancy services.

AW Energy is a Finnish company developing the patented WaveRoller concept and product design.

Image: AW Energy/WaveRoller

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