Ghana connects wave energy plant to its grid

Seabased WEC

The installation of six wave energy devices is currently taking place at the Ada Estuary, Ghana, as part of collaborative wave energy project between TC’s Energy and Seabased.

The first phase of the Ghanaian wave energy project which includes the installation of 6 wave energy devices is expected to deliver 14.000 kW/h electricity per day.

The source in TC’s Energy confirmed that the first wave energy device has hit the water in Ada Estuary.

The installation of additional 5 devices is expected to be completed on Saturday, May 9, 2015, followed by the connection of the devices to the Ghanaian electricity grid.

The devices have a combined output of 400 kW.

According to the source, Seabased, a Swedish wave energy developer, is performing the installation works, and is also the supplier of wave energy converters for the Ghanain wave energy project.

This is the first wave energy project built in Ghana.

TC’s Energy Limited in association with Seabased Wave Energy signed Power Purchase Agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana to provide 1.000 MW of power through 14 MW wave energy plant to increase the country’s energy sufficiency.

Seabased’s wave energy technology is based on WECs with linear generators, deployed on the sea bed. The generating unit placed on the sea bed is connected to a buoy on the surface via a line, which captures the energy in the motion of the waves, enabling the WEC to generate electricity.

TC’s Energy Limited, a company undertaking the project, is a wholly owned Ghanaian company working to progress renewables generation in Ghana.

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