WaveRoller underwater device gets ready to rock

Finland’s AW-Energy confirmed a place among the front runners to get an industrial-size wave-power device flowing commercially onto a national grid when a consortium it leads inked a €3m ($4.4m) deal with the EU to deploy a ‘semi-scale’ version of its WaveRoller off Portugal.

The largest by far of three prototypes to be installed in the waters near the town of Peniche, the 300-kilowatt (kW) machine will be built and run by a group that includes industrial European heavyweights Bosch Rexroth and ABB, Portuguese renewable energy operator Eneólica, and compatriot technical and strategic support body the Wave Energy Centre.

EU funding for the further development of the WaveRoller — a seabed-anchored ‘moving wing’ that transforms the back-and-forth surge motion rolling beneath incoming waves into electricity — came as part of the first contract out of the Log in to read complete article.

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