The wave power manufacturer Seabased is establishing cooperation with Sotenäs Center for Symbiosis (Sotnenäs SymbiosCentrum) in Kungshamn.
Article in Lysekilsposten on the 26:th of October:
(Read the full article in Swedish here)
“We will open an office at the Symbiosis Center from the first of January 2018 where among other things we plan to continue to develop the Sotenäs project,” says Øivind Magnussen, CEO of Seabased.
The wave power manufacturer Seabased has its headquarters and its production facilities in Norra Hamnen (the North harbor) in Lysekil, where it employs some 30 people.
In August, the company informed that it was discontinuing the project of deploying a wave park at about 50 meters depth some 5 kilometers northwest of Smögen. There are currently 36 generators installed at a depth of about 50 meters.
In the view of Seabased management, the need to install several hundred of the same kind of generators off the coast of Smögen, which was the original idea, is no longer present. However, the area in question is still interesting for continuing research and development projects for wave energy.
At present there are no buoys attached to the 36 generators, and as such, no electricity production, but the plan is to continue the work with these generators next year, together with other companies.
“We had a meeting with the leadership of the municipality of Sotenäs at Sotenäs Center for Symbiosis on Wednesday and were very positively received. From Seabased side, we see many possibilities to continue the development on the environmental side in a creative environment in Kungshamn,” says Oivind Magnussen, and continues:
“We will continue to develop the Sotenäs park with different tests and perhaps collaborations with other companies, for example Fortum. There can even be (?) opportunities for research and development of new kinds of wave generators. We are in the process of applying for EU funding for further development of our wave power technology, and the application will be considered in the near future.”
To the extent there is a need for testing in open seas, this can be done in the area northwest of Smögen.
“It is to the company’s advantage to be active in both Lysekil and Sotenäs. We have just established good cooperation with Sotenäs and will be opening an office with a few employees in a very innovative environment at the Center for Symbiosis from the first of the year,” says Magnussen, who also points out that there’s a need to take one step at a time.
“We are a small company that must build stone by stone,” he concludes.
(From Tidal Energy Today, 29 October 2017)
In order to continue to phase 2 of the Sotenäs wave energy project, which received grants from the Swedish Energy Agency, Seabased would have needed to apply for further funding.
The company has decided not to do this as it believes it got what it needs from the project, according to Sebased.
With installation depths of 50 meters, a relatively mild wave resource and low cost of electricity in Sweden, Sotenäs was intended to be an excellent pilot site for the world’s first grid-connected multi-generator wave park, rather than a commercially competitive venture, Seabased said.
Magnussen said: “We are very pleased with this project, and have learned a great deal; for example, that our generators are very efficient with relatively low wave heights of 1-3 meters. So efficient, in fact, that the effect of the 36 installed wave energy converters could be increased from 1 to approximately 3MW.
“We have also learned about the managing the entire process from permits applications to grid connection, and about scaling up production of generators and buoys.”
The generation results, combined with cost control and installation know-how amassed during the project, have convinced Seabased that they can be competitive in many areas of the world today.
“Given a wave climate and installation conditions suited for our S2.7 technology, Seabased should be able to deliver electricity to the grid for under 10 cents per kWh. We are now focused on commercial projects markets where our technology is competitive,” concluded Magnussen.
Read the full article from Tidal Energy Today here