Wave Swell Energy trial delivers conversion rates of up to 50%Australian renewables company Wave Swell Energy says the time has come for wave po...

Wave Swell Energy trial delivers conversion rates of up to 50%Australian renewables company Wave Swell Energy says the time has come for wave po...Wave Swell Energy trial delivers conversion rates of up to 50%
Australian renewables company Wave Swell Energy says the time has come for wave power to sit alongside wind, solar and energy storage as part of a modern energy mix after a 12-month trial of its technology in the seas of Bass Strait produced an average rate of conversion from ocean energy to electricity of up to 50%.

WSE said its UniWave200 platform had performed in a range of wave conditions.

Melbourne-based Wave Swell Energy (WSE) said the trial of its UniWave200 wave energy converter off the coast of Tasmania’s King Island had exceeded expectations with the test platform achieving conversion rates of up to 50% while supplying constant power to the island’s hybrid microgrid for a full 12 months.

WSE partnered with local utility Hydro Tasmania on the pilot project, integrating its 200 kW UniWave wave power unit – a boat-like platform that uses an artificial blowhole formation to create air pressure changes that drive a turbine – with a hybrid microgrid that supplies more than two thirds of the island’s energy needs through a combination of wind, solar PV and batteries.

The test platform was installed last year in the waters of Grassy Bay, on King Island’s south-east coast. The platform is partly submerged in about six metres of water about 100 metres offshore. From there, it has been contributing clean energy to the island’s microgrid for 12 months, supplying up to 200 kW of renewable energy around the clock.