Wave power is a renewable energy form with great potential, that is still under research and development throughout the world. It is in the field of R&D that Fortum is engaged in wave power. Wave power technologies are divided into different categories based on the principle used to harness the wave energy – for example, whether the energy generated is from the waves at the bottom or surface of the sea. Fortum is researching both of these technologies.
Wave power plant on the west coast of Sweden
In January 2016 Fortum and Seabased connected the first 1MW wave power plant in Sotenäs, Sweden, to the national grid. The park is now producing electricity and the technology is being evaluated in operation. The project has been a joint venture between Seabased Industries, Fortum, and the Swedish Energy Agency. The Swedish Energy Agency awarded an investment grant to Fortum and the Swedish equipment manufacturer Seabased Industries for the wave power plant in February 2010. The construction work for the demonstration plant was done in Seabesed’s factory in Lysekil in Sweden.
Wave power development in France
Fortum, the French marine industry giant DCNS and the Finnish wave power company AW-Energy, where Fortum is a shareholder, signed a development agreement in wave power research and development with the support of La Région Bretagne in September 2013. The agreement is an extension to the wave power research and development collaboration initiated in 2011 by DCNS and Fortum. As part of the agreement the companies will jointly develop a 1.5-megawatt wave power demonstration project in Bretagne, France. Fortum will be responsible for the project development and will be the owner of the demonstration park. DCNS will manage the site development and construction work. The WaveRoller™ technology chosen for this project was developed by AW-Energy and is extensively patented. The agreement is an extension to the wave power research and development collaboration initiated in 2011 by DCNS and Fortum. The Wave Roller™ device developed by the company can be used to generate electricity from sea bottom waves. The method has been previously tested off the coast of Peniche, Portugal.
Testing new wave power technologies with Wave Hub in Cornwall England
The European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 has granted EUR 17 million in funding for the Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW) research project that is coordinated by Fortum. The mission of the five-year project is to research and develop the use of the Penguin wave energy converter, developed by the Finnish company Wello, in electricity grid connected ocean conditions. The multi-device test project will be carried out at Wave Hub, the wave power-focused test centre, located in Cornwall, Great Britain, where Fortum has a leased sea area.
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