Demo Site Runde, Norway

Timeline

In early 2016 a full size Waves4Power system was launched approximately half a Nautical mile south west of the Runde Island. The system is comprised of an eight meter in diameter WaveEL 3.0 buoy connected via a dynamic low voltage cable to the collection hub. Here, a transformer increases the voltage to 22 kV before the power is transmitted via a subsea cable to the shore based power grid.

June 2, 2017 the system started delivering electricity to the local power grid. On September 21, H.M. King Harald V of Norway officiated a ribbon cutting ceremony for the system, inaugurating the future of industrial W4P wave power development in this part of Norway. The system is today fully functional according to plan.

September 21, 2017

September 21st was an important milestone for Waves4Power, their sponsors, investors, development partners and the local community. This marked the official Royal Opening of the Waves4Power wave power site at Runde, Norway.

Attendees enjoyed a day of seminars and presentations by partners at the Fiskåholmen shipyard in Vanylven, in Møre og Romsdal county. HM King Harald V of Norway attended the event, taking a boat ride and visiting the WaveEL buoy in action, as well as cutting the ribbon of our official opening in the market square close to the harbor of Fosnavåg, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of a couple thousand people.

June 2, 2017

The WaveEL system was connected to the national power grid in Norway on Friday June 2, 2017 after the installation of the connection hub on site next to the WaveEL buoy – off Runde Island – a couple of weeks prior.

The WaveEL buoy which was launched at Runde in February of 2016 successfully survived a harsh season in stormy winds and waves topping off at 14 meters. It was taken off site late in 2016 and towed to a local shipyard for maintenance and upgrades before redeployment at Runde in April 2017.

The new proprietary 22 kV sea cable – developed by nkt cables for these particular applications – was laid from the connection hub to the connection point on shore, a distance of about 3 km, at the same time as the hub was installed.

February 13, 2016

After the successful installation of the WaveEL buoy on site at Runde, the launch of the remaining system has been temporarily halted at midnight Friday, due to a problem with the connection hub, which was damaged during a corrective action with a misplaced mooring line.
The Olympic Zeus had to leave for an operation in Africa early Saturday morning so the launch operation can not resume until her return. In the mean time we will investigate the cause of the damage and corrective actions will be taken to have the hub ready for launch upon Zeus return.

February 12, 2016

WaveEl buoy is finally in the water.
Video with Göran Fredrikson
co-founder, board member

February 11, 2016

After a stormy night Olympic Zeus was able to place the three anchors.

The off load of the WaveEL buoy from Zeus started at 5.45pm after moving to gentler water. Buoy was later in the evening towed to installation site.

The buoy was launched in a bay with calmer water before being towed to it’s final installation site

February 10, 2016

TV stations and news papers cover the arrival of WaveEL to Runde.

The crew is planing the launch.

February 9, 2016

On route from Gothernburg, Sweden to Runder, Norwary with Olympic Zeuz.

February 7, 2016

Moving WaveEL from Eriksberg to Arendal.

Loading onto Olymic Zeus.

February 7, 2016

Public workshop and open house at Eriksberg.

Swedish Television visited the Gothenburg harborwith a report about WaveEL . (in Swedish).

January, 2016

Final work at Falkvarv.
Transport by barge Falkenberg-Gothenburg

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