During the period of December 12-14, 2018, Wave Swell Energy (WSE) conducted a series of tests of its technology in the large wave basin at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. These tests yielded some surprising results.
The technical team had decided to examine the effects of a variation to the UniWave200’s geometry, aimed at increasing its cost effectiveness. This proved successful, further improving the technology.
However, an extra beneficial side effect was also revealed. While the team had some inkling of this effect, it couldn’t be quantified or proved prior to these tests. It was found that the simple variation to the geometry resulted in significantly more power being produced – more than was predicted in even the best case scenario. This result will have a very positive effect on the technology’s cost of energy generation. The WSE team is now looking forward to incorporating this small yet highly important modification into future projects, post the current King Island unit.