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The engineering, construction, installation and detailed test program of AMOG's WEC technology demonstrator device in a coastal wave environment.

Phase 2 of the project is now underway. The scaled technology demonstrator aims to show the AMOG WEC technology at a larger pre-commercial scale, and in an ocean environment. Phase 2 focuses on design, engineering, and fabrication. More specifically, this phase aims to:

  • Demonstrate power generation in the targeted wave periods at low wave heights (where the test device is predicted to be most efficient)
  • Demonstrate power generation at longer wave periods in both low and high wave heights (where the test device is subjected to larger incident wave energy); and
  • Demonstrate the ability to transition between survival and operational modes.

The scaled WEC will be ocean field tested at FaBTest in Cornwall, UK, using a basic and robust manifestation of the Power Take Off (PTO) system for the purpose of trials. A more sophisticated PTO is under development for the commercial scale WEC devices.

AMOG's WEC demonstrator will be SOLAS compliant and meet all of the FaBTest guidelines as a necessary precondition for test deployment. The WEC and its mooring system have been designed to be compliant with DNV’s renewable energy codes and recommended practice.

During the test period, when conditions are not suitable for the technology demonstrator to be running, the WEC will be maintained in a survival state, and capable of riding out the 20-year storm. It is expected that the device will be able to be left in the survival state in between tests, where it can remain unsupervised; transitioning between modes and not anticipated to require external intervention due to a full telemetry and control system (currently under development).

Other AMOG subsidiaries and external partners have been engaged to undertake Phase 2 of the project.

Also wholly owned by AMOG Holdings Pty Ltd, AMOG Technologies has engaged AMOG Pty Ltd (AMOG Consulting) to undertake the design elements for the WEC. AMOG Technologies has also engaged with university partners such as the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth, and AMC at the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Particular note is made of the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Marine-I, whose contribution has enabled Phase 2 to be undertaken.