Norway-based owner and offshore vessels provider Uksnøy & Co has signed a contract with HydroWave for the supply of hybrid wave-powered system for use with ships and offshore installations.
The contract represents the first commercial order for the hybrid wave energy and batteries system, based on patented Havkraft Wave Energy Converter (H-WEC) technology, according to Sogn Industri, one of the owners of the HydroWave company.
The system, known as Powership, has been designed as an add on hybrid solution for ships and offshore installations to reduce usage of diesel fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions, according to HydroWave.
Geir Arne Solheim, HydroWave’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The technology addresses the emissions and the high costs related to diesel fuels in offshore operations. With this solution we can target all diesel engines. Either directly attached to boats and platforms, or indirectly through high speed charging or even hydrogen fuel for fuel cells. We are planning our first installations now, and there are almost no limits to how many projects we can start up with clients worldwide.”
HydroWave is a company specializing in deliveries of complete wave power systems to clients worldwide, using the technology developed by Norwegian wave energy company Havkraft.
Havkraft’s H-WEC is a module based and scalable technology that works when the waves striking the vessel cause the water levels in the chambers to rise, creating an increase in air pressure which in turn drives the turbines that generates electricity.
Aside from Havkraft, and Sogn Industri, other owners of HydroWave include Frequency AS, Aveja, Lutelandet Invest, KOJ Holding, Kjelda Holding and Klaus Edlers Services.