Development Projects: Surge

Following marine trials of WaveRoller prototypes in Peniche in 2007 and 2008 a new project was initiated (see the Company history). In 2009 a consortium consisting of local authorities, scientific entities and a utility company was formed and lead by AW-Energy, the WaveRoller developer. The project called "Simple Underwater Renewable Generation of Energy" or SURGE is financed by the FP7, an EU funding scheme. The goal of the project is to create a grid-connected wave energy converter and to deploy it in Peniche, Portugal.

The institutional partners are: Estaleiros Navais de Peniche, Wave Energy Centre - Centro de Energia ads Ondas, Instituto Hidrografico and Camara municipal de Peniche. The electricity utility company is Enéolica SA.

The wave energy farm consists of three 100kW WaveRoller units (total nominal capacity of the farm 300kW) and was deployed in 2012. Construction of the devices took place in Finland and Portugal. The initial work was conducted in Finland, while the construction of the floating foundation, composite panels and full assembly of WaveRoller was executed locally in Peniche, Portugal. WaveRoller holds a 1 MW grid connection license to the national electricity grid in Portugal.

The pioneering work of the WaveRoller team and its partners includes a vast range of research and development. The project involved the R&D activities that allowed WaveRoller technology to forge ahead in the field of wave energy generation and contribute to the overall progress of the industry. At the same time, the SURGE project was culminated by actual electricity production. The WaveRoller demonstration power plant generates clean and renewable energy from the ocean and delivers it to the Portuguese national grid.

The SURGE project has also examined the possible environmental impact of the WaveRoller deployment. Several studies reviewed possible stress on the ocean floor as well as variables such as noise output and biotic colonization of the device itself (See more on the Environment). The results confirm the initial view that WaveRoller's impact on the environment is minimal, clearing the way for the future installations of WaveRoller along the coastlines where the environmental considerations play important role.

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