Oceanlinx Breakthrough To Commercialisation

17 August 2011

Oceanlinx has developed and refined its technology over the past fourteen years to such a point that it is now commercially competitive with other forms of renewable energy, such as on-shore wind.

 

Over the past eighteen months, major technological breakthroughs have led to a significant enhancement of the Oceanlinx greenWAVE and airWAVE products. This has resulted in a step change in the production cost of power from the technology.

Oceanlinx has, to date, installed a total capacity of 750 kW via three separate projects in the real ocean, including being the first and only Australian company to sell electricity to the local grid through a power purchase agreement, and one of only three companies world wide to do so. These projects have resulted in over 40,000 hours of operational experience, 5,000 hours of electrical production, and 8,000 hours of scale testing.

 

greenWAVE is a direct evolution of the MK1 unit, installed and operated since 2005. A rigorous development and testing program during 2008/09 resulted in a five-fold increase in efficiency of the core oscillating water column (OWC) technology.

 

The airWAVE turbine is a combination of Oceanlinx’s original Denniss-Auld and more recent partial admission turbines. A 30% increase in turbine efficiency was achieved through a combination of testing regimes, including sea trials.

 
 

airWAVE Turbine    greenWAVE device

airWAVE Turbine                         greenWAVE 

 

 

Evolution of these two products now means Oceanlinx can produce electricity at costs comparable to the most mature forms of renewable energy in good wave climates.e with other forms of renewable energy.

“Oceanlinx has developed and refined its technology over the past fourteen years to such a point that it is now commercially competitive with other forms of renewable energy.”

 

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