ECO WAVE POWER – Energy Reinvented
Israel’s Eco Wave Power looks to partner Indian firms
KSENIA KONDRATIEVAT – Truncated
MUMBAI, DECEMBER 19
Israel-based Eco Wave Power, one of the few companies that was able to commercialize its technology for generating electricity from waves, is looking for a strategic partner in India to start a pilot project and then scale operations across the country. …
According to 2014 report by Crisil and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras), India’s total potential from tidal energy and wave energy is estimated at over 53 GW, which is almost one-fourth of government’s target of 227 GW of renewable energy capacity by March 2022.
West Bengal, Maharashtra and Gujarat are believed to have the most potential for wave energy. …
“99 per cent of our competition is in installing the power stations offshore. When you go far in to the sea, the price shoots up as you need ships, divers, underwater cables, and so on. Also, reliability is a big issue as the offshore the power station is exposed to waves of 20 meters or even higher which no man-made equipment can withstand,” Braverman said.
She added that even environmentalists who would be expected to embrace the wave energy concept were not happy with off-shore solutions as they disturb marine environment.
Eco Wave Power has taken the entire power plant on-shore with only floaters being left in the water.
The floaters can be attached to any type of man-made structure such as breakwaters, jetties and piers, and the motion of the floaters is transmitted to a power station located on land where the energy is converted into fluid pressure used to spin a generator and produce electricity. …