AW-Energy Oy has received certification by Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its WaveRoller device.
The certificate was presented in person by LR’s senior vice president of Clean Energy and Innovation, Tristan Chapman, to Sami Tuhkanen, chairperson of AW-Energy.
“We are delighted with the certification for our WaveRoller technology,” said Sami Tuhkanen. “It reflects the journey we have taken from just a few years ago when LR awarded us our Technology Qualification Certificate for our WaveRoller design, and the first ocean energy converter to reach this level of validation by LR. The level of involvement with LR on our technology for the renewables industry has been very thorough and a valuable process to validate our key goals in safety, reliability and availability for the unit. We are delighted with today’s news which will open the door for wide scale commercial deployment in the UK and worldwide.”
LR’s Tristan Chapman added: “The technology that AW-Energy has developed pushes the boundaries with exciting results. Deriving energy from the ocean provides a sustainable way to develop grid-compatible power in many locations around the world. An important step in scaling the solution is to manage the risks and evidence that technology will achieve its objectives and perform how it’s meant to. We’re pleased LR could deliver this confidence to AW-Energy through our goal-based Technology Qualification process.”
WaveRoller is a near-shore wave energy converter, mounted to the seabed with a panel that oscillates with the wave surge.
Christopher Ridgewell, CEO, AW-Energy, said: “Cooperation with strong industrial partners such as LR made this possible. It helped our team ensure excellence in critical areas and gives us the confidence to now deliver functional wave energy technology. The device combines advances in software, power control, and storage making it a highly attractive commercial proposition for operators.”
The Finnish company is leading the new era of energy innovation to ensure power generation from wave energy is bankable with its certified WaveRoller technology. Once the device is deployed offshore it has minimal visual impact and has been proven to help create artificial bases for reef ecosystems to flourish.