Flemish wave energy developer Laminaria signed up to test its innovative wave energy converter at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo in 2015. Laminaria will be the first Belgian company to test at EMEC’s test sites.
Laminaria’s technology – a surge operated attenuator – has a bespoke storm protection system build in to enhance the survivability of the device, allowing it to remain operational during storm events.
Scale sea trials are already underway in Belgium to inform the design for the full-scale device that will undergo performance testing at EMEC in 2017.
In February 2016, Laminaria announced that the company had joined forces with the EMEC, Innosea, Ghent University, and TTI Testing to support the development of their novel wave energy converter. Funded under the OCEANERA-NET First Joint Call 2014, the LAMWEC project seeks to develop and test a 100kW Laminaria WEC, progressing from TRL stage 5 (technology validated in relevant environment) to 7 (system prototype demonstration in operational environment).
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