Sea Wave Energy Limited (SWEL), an R&D company based in Cyprus and the UK, is seeking to form strategic alliances to assist it in the final testing of a Waveline Magnet pilot model and advance the commercialization of its technology of wave energy.
After concluding exhaustive studies and tests on the Waveline Magnet Technology (WLM) at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) test center, with the support of Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) and industry leaders, SWEL is ready to take its technology to the next level and show its tangible potential to solve the decades-old puzzle of wave energy, according to the company.
“SWEL is extremely grateful to MEA and its partners for providing, assisting and coordinating this complex process, paving the way for its passionate team to drive the technology forward,” the company said in a statement.
According to SWEL, the WLM device has been shown to produce an abundance of mechanical power for electricity, hydrogen and desalination conversion processes, and is also applicable to fish farming and coastal erosion protection. .
SWEL’s WLM device is comprised of a set of flexible assemblies connected by a spinal power system.
The patented technology allows the wave to pass through the system, generating energy as the wave rises and falls.
The Wave Energy Converter is designed to hug the surface of the sea, or the “wave line” as SWEL often calls it, allowing the device to become a moving mass with the wave itself.
“The standard characterization of wave energy goes back to Archimedes’ principle of the theory of buoyancy and displacement. This is only part of the process though, the upward force on a displaced body.
“Thanks to the unique interaction of the WLM with the waveline, SWEL has discovered a new eureka, coming full circle from Archimedes’ theory by incorporating the opposing downward force and the neutral interaction.
“SWEL called his hypothesis ‘Neutral Displacement Theory (NDT)’redefining wave energy theory and uncovering the remaining pieces of the puzzle to reveal the true mechanics of wave energy, challenging current standards and methods used to characterize and harness wave power,” the company said.
SWEL said a single WLM will be rated over 100MW in power environments applying the NDT principle.
WLM is also able to increase its energy output as wavelengths increase, producing large-scale volumes of energy, more than 10 times the comparable standard methods used, according to SWEL.
The next steps towards commercialization require final testing on a pilot modelwhich, in SWEL’s words, cost “a fraction of the typical development budgets required by other technologies.”
The tests are meant to verify SWEL NDCs against the standard and effectively project loads and system behavior, which facilitate the design of the first trading systemthe company said.
Therefore, SWEL is now looking for alliances and strategic partnerships to place WLM technology “at the forefront of renewable energy production” and help solve the current energy crisis.
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