New test facility for a wave power plant launched by ‘Kiel’ on a model scale
The aim of the project is the development, construction and test operation of a wave power plant on a model scale.
The test facility serves as a new energy research infrastructure with "real laboratory" character. A linear generator in a floating body is used as the drive concept, which allows direct conversion of the kinetic energy resulting from the wave motion into electrical energy. Compared to other drive concepts, significantly fewer components are required for this purpose, which also avoids multiple efficiency losses.
Measurement technology is used to record the system behaviour in order to draw conclusions about the calculation methods available to date and to show optimisation potential for efficiency. The installation site is in the immediate vicinity of the FINO3 research platform.
The technology is still at an early stage of development without being ready for series production. The test facility is intended to conduct scientifically sound research into this type of renewable energy production in order to train and further specialise knowledge carriers in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The state's maritime industry has special know-how for floating and submerged plants, for which new products and market potential may arise. Last but not least, the long-term goal is pursued of making a further contribution to the energy turnaround and climate protection with wave power plants.
Project manager: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Keindorf