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Simply Blue Energy announce Wave of the Future

Generating electricity from wave movement has long been considered a hugely sustainable method of gathering energy from the earth’s surface. The problem has been harnessing that energy. Many have tried, and most have failed, but one entrepreneurial Swedish company, Seabased Industry AB, appears to have now met the challenge.

This explains the high levels of interest in the ongoing deployment of an active Wave Energy Park northwest of Smögen in Sweden using the Seabased technology. The project is being developed in conjunction with Finnish Utility Fortum as well as with ongoing support from the Swedish Energy Agency.

Seabased is deploying 36 Wave Energy Converters (WECs) and a substation. Initially delayed by poor weather conditions, the deployment is now proceeding apace with 21 Wave Energy Converters installed on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24th and 25th.  

Established in 2001 in south-west Sweden, Seabased technology exploits proven linear generation concepts to extract energy from wave movement. 

Passing this milestone is great news for the wave energy industry globally, proving the commercial potential of Wave Energy Harvesting.

Seabased CEO, Mats Leijon

The deployment is being closely watched by those interested in alternative energy solutions in the UK as Simply Blue Energy is aiming to initiate the UK’s first Wave Energy Park at the Wave Hub facility off the coast of Cornwall. A contract has now been signed between Simply Blue Energy and Wave Hub Ltd to enable this project to progress. As an early adopter of such pioneering technologies and a strong advocate of alternative energy projects, the UK was an obvious location in which to deploy such ground-breaking technology.

Wave Hub, a power research project 10 miles off Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall, is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced site for the development of an offshore wave energy array. The hub is essentially a 'socket' into which Wave Energy Converters can be plugged. It provides a grid connected infrastructure to bring the electricity ashore with up to 48MW export capacity and it is home to one of the best wave climates in Europe for such projects.

On the completion of Simply Blue Energy’s project, estimated for early 2017, around 200 Seabased generators will be located at the Wave Hub facility, providing a 10MW installed generating capacity. This will make it the largest Wave Energy Park in the world.

Irish Company Simply Blue Energy Ltd. was founded in 2011 by Sam Roch-Perks and Hugh Kelly to develop Wave Energy Parks using Seabased technology in the UK and Ireland and, ultimately, in other locations worldwide. The construction of this 10MW facility off Cornwall is its first such project.

The successful deployment at Smögen justifies the confidence that we have shown in Seabased technology and in wave energy generally. We are looking forward to working closely with the Wave Hub team to create the UK’s first, and the world’s largest, commercial wave farm off the coast of Cornwall. This will only encourage further investment in the sector.

Sam Roch-Perks, CEO of Simply Blue Energy Ltd

We have been very impressed by Seabased’s technology and Simply Blue’s vision. We are looking forward to working closely with both companies to enable their plans for a Cornwall Wave Energy Park at Wave Hub to be realised.

Stuart Herbert, Commercial Director of Wave Hub Ltd

Extra Editorial Information:

Generators installed at a wave facility are connected to low voltage marine substations (LVMS) in groups of 40 units, requiring 5 LVMS for a project such as that being implemented by Simply Blue in Wave Hub. The LVMS convert variable frequency outputs from the generator to DC and then to 50Hz AC. The output of the LVMS is summed together at a single Medium Voltage Marine Substation which steps up the voltage for transmission to shore.

Seabased Industry AB aims to be a leader in the field of sustainable energy technologies. It currently employs over 40 people at its factory in Lysekil, south-western Sweden, with plans to increase this significantly. Through the development of innovative and cost-effective solutions for renewable and sustainable electricity generation, it aims to create long-term value for its customers, shareholders, employees and partners alike. It also wishes to contribute materially to a greener environment.

For further information please contact:

Hugh Kelly, COO & Director, Tel: 00353 86 822 7899

Sam Roche Perks, CEO & Director, Tel: 00353 86 246 9345

Eilís FitzGerald,  00353 86 604 4905 or email press@simplyblueenergy.com