Test runs begin on Israeli wave energy project
Eco Wave Power has officially started test runs of its newly installed EWP-EDF One wave energy pilot project at the Port of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The real-conditions testing was initiated in July with the purpose of examining the operation of the mechanical and hydraulic subsystems of the project.
During the testing, the Eco Wave Power floaters were lowered to the water and tested for the first time, resulting in a green light for the next phases of the project, which will include grid connection and testing of the overall system, followed by full operation.
Once testing and final works are completed, including the grid connection, the company will have an official launch of its power station.
On 1 August, Eco Wave Power’s engineering team met with representatives from the Israeli Electric Company (IEC) to coordinate the next steps for the actual grid connection works.
“Lowering the floaters into the water for the very first time was an exciting moment for our team. It is incredible to witness a technology that starts from sketches and calculations to an actual soon-to-be grid-connected wave energy project,” said Inna Braverman, founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power.
“We are now working hard to ensure that the EWP-EDF One pilot project will be functioning and operating at optimum levels.”
Eco Wave Power began the installation of 10 wave energy floaters for the project in February.
The EWP-EDF One project is executed in collaboration and co-funding from EDF Renewables IL and the Israeli Energy Ministry.
Once connected to the grid, the wave energy pilot project will be the first time that electricity produced by the power of waves is officially transmitted to Israel’s national electric grid.
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