November 16 (SeeNews) - A collaborative research team at the University of Exeter has recently installed the final section of Oceantec's 30-kW wave energy system at a BiMEP site in the Bay of Biscay, on the northern coast of Spain.
BiMEP stands for Biscay Marine Energy Platform, which is designed for testing and demonstrating ocean energy devices.
The Marmok-5 device was commissioned after a team of experts from the University of Exeter, Oceantec Energías Marinas and dive company CDA Bilbao successfully installed a monitoring system that would provide high-resolution measurement of mooring tensions and device motions, the university said on its website.
This would be followed by a second 12-month deployment phase next year. During that phase, the mooring system’s current polyester ropes will be replaced with a novel elastomeric mooring tether developed by the University of Exeter.
"This collaborative European wave energy demonstration project will generate important data, that will enable the next phase towards commercialisation of energy generation from the ocean," said Lars Johanning, Principle investigator for the project.
The project has received support under OPERA (Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost), the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme aimed at develop technology to enable a reduction in offshore operating costs.