Seatricity says they’ll spend a week in July tank-testing a 3D printed model of the Oceanus 2 device in Ireland and the generators will have an estimated life cycle of 20 years.
The wave energy developer, based in Cornwall, UK, says their technology compares favorably with wind turbine power generation. As a standard offshore wind turbine will cost some 3 million GBPs per megawatt, the operating efficiency, or capacity factor, of their device is considerably more with their wave devices.
The Director of Seatricity, Bob Tillotson, is a mechanical and civil engineer and the inventor of the Seatricity ‘Oceanus.’ Over the course of the last four years, Tillotson has been working on the technology from prototype to the final engineered version undergoing extensive testing.
The scaled version of the 162kW Oceanus 2 device is set for testing at the Beaufort Wave basin within the Hydraulics and Marine Research Centre of the University College Cork. The trials are aimed at discovering optimization options used to compare and calibrate the full-scale Oceanus 2.
The 3D printed test models were created by 3D Kernow in Falmouth, and A&P Falmouth has been awarded a contract from Seatricity to build the full-scale wave energy device to be deployed at the offshore renewable test facility Wave Hub. A&P Falmouth will manufacture, fabricate, and assemble the wave energy Oceanus 2 from marine-grade aluminum.
Oceanus 2 is the first of some 60 devices planned as part of a 10MW, grid-connected array meant for deployment 10 miles off the coast of Hayle, Cornwall. 10MW represents enough output to power up to 10,000 homes.
It’s a 10-meter diameter floating ring, and cross tubes travel up and down with the waves to operate a pump used to pressurize sea water. That pump then drives a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity.
The Oceanus 2 is tethered to blocks located on the seabed. Seatricity say the pumps and their pressurized sea water might also be used someday to produce fresh water using the reverse osmosis desalination process. They add that fresh water and electricity can be produced simultaneously.
The managing director of Seatricity, Peter Mitchell, says now that the first generation Oceanus 1 has completed extensive sea trials in Scotland, the Oceanus 2 represents the next step in the process.
“The technology is scalable so, once we complete our testing at Wave Hub this year, we hope to move quickly to a full array,” Mitchell says. “Wave Hub gives us the essential grid capacity to do that and we look forward to working with the team in Hayle and the extensive local supply chain in Cornwall.”
Do you know of any other projects using 3D printing to provide testing or proof of concept data for energy generating products? Let us know in the Oceanus 2 forum thread on 3DPB.com.
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: December 3, 2023
We’ve got plenty of events and webinars coming up for you this week! Quickparts is having a Manufacturing Roadshow, America Makes is holding a Member Town Hall, Stratafest makes two...
Half of Hyundai’s Singapore Innovation Center Is Run by Robots
Hyundai (KRX: 005380) has just inaugurated the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS), a groundbreaking facility set to transform the landscape of electric vehicle (EV) production. Equipped with AI,...
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: November 26, 2023
Things are getting busy again in terms of 3D printing webinars and events! This week is the RSNA annual meeting, the World Manufacturing Forum, and more. HP is holding an...
3D Printing News Briefs, November 18, 2023: Depowdering, Jewelry Patterns, & More
We’re kicking off 3D Printing News Briefs with a little business today, as Horizon Microtechnologies invested in a micro AM platform from Boston Micro Fabrication, and Rivelin Robotics announced a...
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.