U.K. firm studies wave generator mounted on offshore wind plant

Wave power developer Green Ocean Energy Ltd. has completed feasibility studies of its Wave Treader technology, which involves mounting a wave energy generator on the foundation of an offshore wind turbine.

With 60,000 pounds (US$87,677) in financing from the npower Juice fund for ocean energy, Aberdeen-based Green Ocean Energy put the device through a feasibility study into its commercial electricity generating application. The Wave Treader has since achieved proof of concept. Green Ocean Energy plans to have a full-size prototype ready for testing in 2010.

The 500-kW Wave Treader was developed utilizing the core concept of Green Ocean Energy’s stand-alone wave power device called Ocean Treader. Ocean Treader, also still in development, is a floating device.

Green Ocean Energy said Wave Treader has the unique capability to turn to face the direction of the wave train to ensure maximum operational efficiency. It also has active on-board adjustments to allow for the effects of tidal range.

The company now seeks to attract further investment to enable continual development.

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