Israeli company Eco Wave Power has begun the construction of a 4.1 MW installation near Tepalcates Beach in Manzanillo, Mexico.
The project is being undertaken by subsidiary Eco Wave Power Mexico, which has begun work on the plant after receiving approval for the interconnection from Mexico’s National Energy Control Center.
Already, the company said it has secured more than 5,000 square meters for installation of its equipment, and has completed all of the required environmental assessments.
EWP Mexico said its only remaining regulatory hurdles are securing authorizations from Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation, and federal power regulator CRE.
The project could eventually scale up to 25 MW in installed capacity, officials said, pending their ability to raise up to US$12 million in additional funding in the coming months.
The project will use EWP’s “Wave Clapper” design, which incorporates a number of separate floating heads, attached via a hinge-like structure to a static platform. The floating head causes the arm to rise and fall based on wave motion, thus creating the movement needed for power generation.
The units have been in development for a number of years. HydroWorld.com reported in 2013 that EWP had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ocean University of China for assistance in growing them to commercial scale.
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