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First Power Production figures from the Wave Star Roshage Wave Energy Converter

Date: October 08, 2013 at 00:51 GMT

Abstract: Wave Star A/S has produced and installed a test and demonstration Wave Energy Converter (WEC) by Roshage pier near Hanstholm at the west coast of Denmark. The test unit is a prototype/test section of a complete commercial WEC.

Only a few days after the installation, which took place in September 2009, the first storm with wind speeds above 30 m/s passed. During the winter more storms have passed without any damage. After an initial period of finalizing the installation and testing, the WEC was launched for production in January 2010 and in May 2010 automatic unmanned operation was initiated. 

The first power production figures show that the power absorption is taking place in accordance with the expectations and targets. No unexpected performance has been noticed. The Roshage WEC is an ideal test converter for the further development of the Wave Star concept, and several activities are planned in order to demonstrate the future potential. The converter can be accessed by foot on a 300 m long access bridge via the pier from the beach. More than 30 groups have already visited the converter. 

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