American wave energy developer GWave has been testing its cutting-edge technology at the University of Plymouth ahead of a major deployment at Wave Hub in Cornwall.
Based in Portland, Maine, GWave has spent the past decade developing its Power Generation Vessel (PGV) technology, an innovative wave energy device, and is preparing to bring the first full-scale vessel across the Atlantic for installation at the Wave Hub site.
The company and its partners have been conducting detailed tests of the mooring system over a period of two weeks at the University's Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory in the Marine Building.
Robert Stoddard, GWave's CEO, said:
“Our project launch at Cornwall's Wave Hub facility will be a critical step in GWave's programme to bring to market cheap, clean electricity from the ocean. Wave Hub was our clear first choice for the full-scale demonstration because of the world-class facility and staff at Wave Hub as well as the deep maritime expertise and experience of South West businesses.”
Dr Stuart Stripling, Hydrodynamic Facility Scientific Manager, at the University, said
“A sustainable future is one that will draw upon the benefits of renewable energy. COAST is pleased to be instrumental in GWave's de-risking process as it journeys towards the open sea and deployment at Wave Hub.”GWave has been working closely with contacts in the South West and chose Wave Hub in recognition of the strong wave resource, infrastructure, and industry experience available there. It has also worked with Falmouth-based Mojo Maritime.
Claire Gibson, Wave Hub’s Managing Director, said:
“This announcement lifts the lid on a well-kept secret. GWave's wave device is exceptional and we are excited by the prospect of it being demonstrated at Wave Hub in Cornwall. We look forward to working with them to achieve what will be a major milestone for the industry.”
And Johnny Gowdy, Director of Regen, added:
"Two things really stand out about the GWave project. Firstly, it has been financed entirely by the private sector and is supported by a very strategically focused investor. Secondly, with a massive 9 MW capacity, the GWave generator is bigger than the largest offshore wind turbine. It could therefore open the possibility of large scale wave energy at a price that could compete with the cheapest low carbon technologies."