AW-Energy, the company behind WaveRoller, hosted the visit from Portuguese officials at the installation site in Almagreira, Portugal.
The Portuguese Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Jorge Moreira da Silva, and the Secretary of State for Energy, Artur Trinidade, visited both the WaveRoller wave energy device in Peniche, and the installation site in Almagreira, Portugal.
The sight-seeing tour included the land station and the grid-connection point where wave energy connects to the national grid. Later on, the visitors had a walk-around on board the WaveRoller at ENP docks in Peniche.
The vessel hosting three 100 kW WaveRoller pilot units has been modified to carry the 350 kW commercial unit.
Jorge Moreira da Silva said: “I am impressed by the scale of the installation and the stage of development.”
According to AW-Energy, the company will continue to co-operate with Eneólica within the SWELL project for the construction of a commercial 5.6 MW plants planned for the near future.
Recently, Lloyd’s Register endorsed WaveRoller by issuing a Statement of Feasibility to WaveRoller technology as a first step towards a full Technology Certificate.
The visit was co-hosted by the Mayor of Peniche Antonio Correia and presentations about wave energy were given at the town hall in Peniche.