Turin Polytechnic University spin-off Wave for Energy has deployed its 100kW Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter off the island of Pantelleria to the south west of Sicily.
The full-scale, 15-metres long ISWEC device, which is moored 800 metres from the coast in a water depth of 35 metres, will be connected to the island's grid by October.
The wave power plant comprises a gyroscopic system housed inside a watertight mono-hull vessel secured to the sea floor by a slack mooring line.
The interaction between the sea waves, the hull and the gyroscopic system inside enables power generation.
The project was finalised with the support of Italy's national agency for new technology, energy and economic development (ENEA) and national research council (IAMC-CNR).
Additional funding was also provided by the Italian regions of Piedmont and Sicily.