Eco Wave Power has started the installation of ten wave energy floaters in the Port of Jaffa in Israel as part of the EWP-EDF One project.
All floaters required for the project were delivered and are being installed in accordance with the collaboration agreement between project company EWP-EDF One and Lesico.
The project’s next steps are the installation of all ten floater units, followed by a test run in real conditions, and then the official connection of the power station to the grid.
The system functionality and capacity tests are expected to be conducted by the end of the second quarter of 2022, Eco Wave Power said.
Inna Braverman, CEO of Eco Wave Power, said: “The installation of the first floater is a significant progress toward the first grid-connected wave energy array installation in Israel. Preparation for the installation of all remaining floaters on the external side of the Jaffa Port breakwater is in advanced stages and we are relishing over the prospect of being operative soon in the Mediterranean waves.”
The installation of the floaters is all made from the land side, as opposed to the traditional use of expensive ships and divers for equipment installation in offshore wave energy installations.
This further emphasizes the simplicity of the onshore nature in the work programming of Eco Wave Power’s floaters shipment and installation technology, the company said.
“Our goal is to generate electricity during the third quarter of this year,” added Braverman. “This is a key milestone in the overall development of the Eco Wave Power technology, and we believe that the results are expected to enable us to take important steps toward the commercial rollout of our pioneering technology.”
When completed, the EWP-EDF One wave energy project will include 10 floaters connected to one conversion unit, which is already installed onsite.
The EWP-EDF One conversion unit is located on land, similar to a normal power station, which enables easy access for operation and maintenance.
Source: Offshore Energy