Wave Star Energy's pilot wave power machine delivers star performance  

Having survived sea and storms for a full year, the Copenhagen firm's pilot-scale wave power machine proves itself to be robust and reliable
As reported on this website a year ago this week, a pilot-scale wave power machine built by the Copenhagen-based firm Wave Star Energy was inaugurated in an inlet on the west coast of Jutland. Twelve months and seven storms later (of which three were major storms), the company can draw the satisfactory conclusion that their design is both robust and reliable. The pilot-scale machine is 24 metres long, and has 20 floats on each side which generate electricity by being pressed upwards by waves.
Now managing director Per Resen Steenstrup and his 11-man team of engineers are busy constructing a considerably larger, series production version of the wave power machine, that has an output of 500 kW. The plan is to site this wave power machine at Horn's Rev, 14 kilometers out in the North Sea, and have it up and running in time for Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.
Wave energy has a number of characteristics to recommend it as part of the renewable energy mix. For one thing, the energy density in waves is much higher than in wind, resulting in less fluctuation in power delivery. And for another, wave power naturally compensates in periods when wind power declines. That is because when the wind blows, waves are created, but when the wind drops, the waves continue for several hours. Combined wind and wave power installations can thus potentially provide a more consistent level of power delivery.
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