Eco Wave Power (EWP) made another step towards connecting its Jaffa port power station to the municipal electric grid. Last week, the company announced that the Israeli Electric Authority (IEA) had set feed-in tariff for the company’s electricity production. This is the final regulatory barrier in the path for connecting the station to the grid, and the company reports that the Israeli Electric Company (IEC) already started the process of connection.
The tariff set by the IEA (decision 63605) incorporates production component and an added premium aimed to encourage power production from renewable energy and reducing pollution. Last month the company announced that it commenced real conditions test run on the power station, to examine the operation of the mechanical and hydraulic systems. Also, for the first time, the floaters which move the pistons using the power of the sea waves were lowered into the water.
The Jaffa power station was established in 2015 as a demonstration for the company’s capabilities of power production from the sea waves and was recognized as “Pioneering Technology” by the government’s Chief Scientist. The commercialization of the facility was executed in collaboration and co-funding of the European energy company EDF and the Israeli Energy Ministry.
The Jaffa facility is intended to produce, at the first phase, a capacity of 100kW, and will be connected to Tel-Aviv electric grid. In the past, the company had announced that its goal is to deploy its facility throughout the shores of Tel-Aviv and to achieve a 20mW capacity that will suffice for half the municipal authority’s consumption.
EWP develops a unique wave energy power plant, which can take advantage of the vast wave energy potential around the world. The EWP convertors draw energy from wave power throughout uniquely shaped buoys, “The Wave Clapper” and the “Power Wing” that rise and fall with the up and down motion, lifting force, change of water level, hydraulic air lock, and incident flux of waves.
The motion of the floats is then delivered to shore by a subsea cable. The Shore- located, machinery room”/hydro pneumatic system (located on land, just like a regular power station), converts the energy from this motion into fluid pressure, which is used to spin a generator, producing electricit.