As one of the main sponsors of the AWTEC Conference 2018, Aquanet Power successfully showcased its 1MW airWAVE turbine and power take-off (PTO) system to a group of delegates during their visits to Aquanet Power’s 1MW bi directional wind tunnel test facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
Aquanet Power’s Test Facility is unique in that it can use met ocean data from any site in the world to determine how the PTO and the “airWAVE” turbine would perform at that site. The algorithm uses the met ocean data provided for a specific location to create similar air flow characteristics that the turbine would experience in that location from the rise and fall of the swell in that location. This enables realistic measurement of the PTO’s performance in the real time at full scale. Additionally, the test facility allows fine tuning and optimization of PTO’s energy conversion prior to its deployment at sea.
Ali Baghaei (CEO of Aquanet Power) was on site at the Aquanet Power Test Centre to welcome the delegates from the conference and oversee the demonstration.
“It is a pleasure that we can show our colleagues from the conference the summation of all our efforts over the last several years to demonstrate our patented turbine and PTO units working at full 1MW scale.” said Mr Baghaei.
He went on to say, ”We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor the AWTEC 2018 conference in Taiwan and reveal the significant capability of our working turbine in connection with the PTO unit to thought leaders within the sector. The knowledge we have developed at the Test Facility is invaluable. It has helped us to integrate our airWAVE turbine and PTO to achieve the most efficient outcome before commercial deployment at sea.”
Due to the recent storms and restricted high voltage grid availability, the PTO was demonstrated in real time on 13 September 2018. With less than 3kPa, the turbine ran up to 400rpm in just a few seconds. Delegates witnessed the turbine taking over ten minutes to come to a stand still at the end of the demonstration. “This shows how well the 8 tonne rotating machine is designed and balanced, in that it responds swiftly to the incoming air flow but more importantly, it stores the energy for such a long time.
This patented technology is now leading the way towards wave energy deployment at commercial scale”.
The company looks forward to harnessing current opportunities for commercial demonstrations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.