Denmark-based wave energy developer, Wavepiston, has deployed its prototype wave energy device at DanWEC testing site, off the Danish west coast.
Wavepiston wave energy prototype is comprised of a steel wire stretched between two anchored buoys. The 120-meter long string has 8 energy modules mounted onboard.
The device works when waves roll along the wire moving the plates back and forth.
The moving plates pump seawater into pipe which leads it to a turbine that produces electricity.
The expected output of the prototype is 12kW. The device has the potential to produce up to 250kW per string, or 7MW of clean energy per square kilometer, according to Wavepiston.
It was developed by a consortium which in addition to Wavepiston includes the Technical University of Denmark, Global Maritime Vryhof, and Nurmi Cylinders.