Wave Energy Claim

Sonoma County seeks to use waves in coastal zones to develop wave energy power. A stretch of 41*12 miles has been assigned for this project. During the first three years, the zone will be running technology tests, the holder of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permit then may apply for commercial operation.   Sonoma Country is stepping into this technology before private companies are claiming the prime stretch of the coast for their purposes. It will be the seventh pending wave-energy application on the Californian coastline, but none of them has been granted. Oregon saw four permits granted.   The... (read more)
2007-11-14 09:55:20

Wave Energy Converter Tested

The UK's dependence on energy from non-renewable sources is being challenged by a new wave energy converter called Anaconda that mimics the action of a sea snake. Now in final proof of concept testing at QinetiQ's facilities, Anaconda is producing energy data at an estimated cost that is excitingly low and as such may offer a serious and cost effective alternative in the delivery of future clean energy supplies.   The Anacondas - up to 200 metres long and made almost entirely of rubber - could each be capable of generating 1 MW of power; typical farms of 50 could... (read more)
2009-05-29 10:23:18

Wave Buoys for PRIMaRE

The Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) has ordered 8 Fugro Oceanor Seawatch Mini II buoys to form the core of an instrumentation network at the Wave Hub site off the South West of England.   Wave Hub is a renewable energy project that aims to create the UK's first offshore facility for the demonstration and proving of arrays of wave energy generation devices (WECs). The Wave Hub facility will provide a well defined and monitored site with electrical connection to the onshore national grid.  Four different proven commercial WEC manufacturers will each have a berth to connect... (read more)
2008-05-20 01:25:01

New Wave Analysis Software

Nortek AS have partnered with WaveForce Technologies to create a new comprehensive directional wave post-processing software toolbox called Wavector. Wavector is a set of modern ocean wave analysis tools in a convenient user-friendly software package for scientists, engineers, technicians and students.     Based on the proven XWaves ocean wavefield analysis technology, Wavector provides a cost-effective solution for most common wave data analysis and visualisation requirements. A completely GUI-driven stand-alone application, is it useful for processing wave data collected with the Nortek AWAC, Aquadopp Profiler and Vector Velocimeter. It may also be used to process data from other sources, such... (read more)
2009-11-06 10:00:02

Wave Sensor for Echosounders

Innovation4C has presented Wavemapper, a heave sensor designed for single beam echosounders based on technology pioneered in space. Two years of development resulted in this sensor with space based algorithms. Wavemapper's MEMS technology offers a cost-effective miniaturised sensor platfom that has been succesfully tested on various vessels and under various port, harbour and coastal conditions.A dry unit or a wet version are available. The wavemapper product line requires no calibration, is according to the supplier small and portable, and claims to be cost-effective. (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Wave Tank Supports Understanding of Rogue Ocean Wave Threat

A team of scientists from Australia, Belgium, Italy and the UK have demonstrated how ocean winds can generate spontaneous rogue waves, the first step to predicting the potentially dangerous phenomenon. 'Rogue' or 'freak' waves are extremely high, steep waves appearing in deep ocean, surging without warning and seemingly at random. These events can cause severe damage to ships and structures like oil or gas platforms. The ability to forecast them would be hugely beneficial, but little is currently understood about what generates them. Researchers from The University of Melbourne (Australia), The Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), The University of Leuven... (read more)
2017-04-07 10:15:06

Making Sense of Wave Energy

A recent survey conducted by Seaview Sensing has revealed some interesting insights into the wave energy market. A massive 72% of the 246 participants thought they needed to learn more about waves, the reasons give were varied including "Buoy data are not extensive enough nor are data sets complete nor standardised, to optimise the weather window for installation activities", "Poor access to accurate data", "A whole host of reasons ranging from wave energy, wave shadowing, flood defence, coastal erosion", "to evaluate energy yield from sites we need wave data".     Participants were from all over the world with the... (read more)
2009-03-19 09:18:53

Offshore Wave Power Brought Onshore

In the summer of 2011, Orkney-based Scotrenewables launched its prototype floating tidal turbine, the SR250, designed to minimise the installation and maintenance costs of tidal energy compared to seabed-mounted tidal turbines.     The 33-metre long, 100 tonne SR250 is fixed to a mooring turret which is tethered to the sea floor. The construction of the turret allows the turbine to move with the direction of water movement, positioning itself automatically for optimal energy capture in much the same way that windmills turn to face the oncoming wind.   Harnessing the renewable power is just one part of the process,... (read more)
2011-10-07 12:00:00

Wave Energy for La Réunion

A commercial-scale CETO wave energy generation unit is to be deployed on the French territory of La Réunion, about 600m offshore between Aéroport de Pierrefonds and Pointe du Diable. Carnegie (Australia) is working with the first CETO licencee and joint venture partner EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF-EN). This single CETO 4 unit deployment has been partially funded by a French Government grant of USD5 million and is the first stage of a larger planned CETO Project. This expected to be followed by Stage 2 in which the project would be expanded to a grid connected 2MW array with a further Stage... (read more)
2013-01-03 09:12:14

Oceanscan on Wave of Success

Oceanscan are bucking the trend of the current financial climate and are continuing to expand their product division with global sales of the T-Type Crude Oil Tank Inspection System and X-Type Underwater Intruder Detection System. Business is thriving and orders are continuing to be received, resulting in more work and jobs being created in a period of general depression in the offshore oil and gas industry.     Lerco have placed an order for Oceanscan's T-TYPE Crude Oil Tank Inspection System, delivery is scheduled for September 2009. Techcorr Inc. has also placed an order for Oceanscan's T-TYPE System, which is... (read more)
2009-07-23 09:30:41
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