Enel Green, 40South Energy prepare to deploy ocean power unit off Italian coast

Renewable energy company Enel Green Power and hydrokinetic developer 40South Energy have begun installing a 100 kW wave energy unit in the sea near Punta Righini in Italy.

The unit, designed and built by 40South Energy, is called the R115 and could provide enough power for 80 homes, the group said.

Pending successful testing, Enel Green said it plans to consider installing more of the R115 units. The Rome-based Enel Group already includes traditional hydropower projects in its renewable fleet, though the company said Enel Green’s collaboration with 40South Energy is its first foray into ocean power.

40South Energy is a group that designs, manufactures and markets wave energy converters with offices in the United Kingdom, Italy and United States. The company has been working with the University of Plymouth in England since 2012 to develop the R115, and is working with other partners to develop more hydrokinetic parks in England, Italy, India and others.

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