Friday, August 7h, the Politecnico di Torino and the spin off Wave for Energy s.r.l. has deployed the first wave energy converter with gyroscopic architecture, with the support of Enea and IAMC-CNR and thanks to the fundings received by Piedmont and Sicily Regions.
The Politecnico di Torino and the spin off Wave for Energy have developed the first Italian 1:1 scale device for the production of electricity from sea waves which, on August 7th, will be moored 800 m from the coast of Pantelleria. The research activities, started 10 years ago and conducted by the group led by Giuliana Mattiazzo and Ermanno Giorcelli from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, led to the development of the technology industrialized by Wave for Energy, spin-off of the University, which carried forward the construction of the first pre-commercial machine.
Next Friday, August 7h, the Politecnico di Torino and the spin off Wave for Energy s.r.l. will deploy the first wave energy converter with gyroscopic architecture, with the support of Enea and IAMC-CNR and thanks to the fundings received by Piedmont and Sicily Regions.
Italy-based Wave for Energy plans to deploy its ISWEC wave energy device off Sicily in the second week of July.
The company originally planned to deploy the device in March off the island of Pantelleria, Sicily, but the deployment was delayed due to unsuitable weather conditions.
Tidal Energy Today spoke to Paolo Gherra, Project Manager at Wave for Energy, who confirmed that the company is looking at the next deployment window in the second week of July, subject to favorable sea conditions.
According to Gherra, the tugboat that will be used to transport the ISWEC device from its current location in Mazara del Vallo to the deployment site off Pantelleria island will be provided by the shipping company SPA C/O Rimorchiatori Laziali SPA.
Wave for Energy’s ISWEC wave energy device is ready for the August deployment off Sicily, Italy.
After delaying the deployment of the device several times due to unsuitable weather conditions, Wave for Energy, a Turin-based wave energy developer, plans to deploy the device on August 1, 2015.
Paolo Gherra, Project Manager at Wave for Energy, said for Tidal Energy Today: “The deployment is re-scheduled for the first of August. I hope it’ll be the last rescheduling.”
The device will be deployed off Pantelleria island, Sicily, and the energy produced from the device will be donated to the municipality of Pantelleria, following the approval to connect it to the island’s grid expected to be granted in October.
The company plans to keep the device deployed for 5 years, with the intention of adding another device next year in order to form an array.
ISWEC device is designed as a sealed hull that uses a gyroscopic system to exploit wave’s slopes to produce energy.
The system works when the hull oscillations caused by the movement of waves induce the rotation of the gyroscope platform. The rotation is then converted to electricity by the power generator.