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O-Drive could improve grid stability

O-Drive is a standardised power conversion module for wave energy projects. It is designed to be compatible with most wave energy device concepts, and is being developed as a plug-and-play solution for converting the mechanical energy absorbed from the waves into grid-quality electricity. Every O-Drive comes with built-in short-term storage that is used to smooth the ‘wavy’ input and to help ride through lulls. An added benefit is that this storage can be used to dispatch energy on demand, for a short duration, in response to a supply outage elsewhere on the grid. This is a form of ‘synthetic inertia’, which would contribute to frequency control, and would support grid stability during the critical period when reserve capacity in the grid is being ramped up. With all of the problems now evident in Australia’s energy market it makes clear sense to consider wave energy more seriously, as it is the most consistent form of renewable energy, and with O-Drive it can improve grid stability.



New cable installed at bioWAVE project site

A new subsea cable has been installed at the bioWAVE project site near Port Fairy, Australia. The 1100m armoured cable transmits AC electricity at 3.3kV and contains multiple fibre-optic lines for data transfer. This cable section is protected by an articulated iron pipe system and replaces a previous cable section that was damaged in 2016.


BPS trials new ocean wave forecasting system

BPS has announced that it has completed the development of a new ocean wave forecasting system. The automated system utilises regional wave forecasts combined with fine-scale wave propagation models to predict the conditions as specific site locations. The technology is critically important for operating wave energy projects and could also be useful for aquaculture, fishing, diving, and oil&gas operations.


One year of wear and tear in the Southern Ocean

BPS has been maintaining equipment at the Port Fairy project site in fully exposed Australian Southern Ocean conditions for one year. The spread of equipment includes navigation buoys, moorings, cables and connectors, and bioWAVE plant. This experience is critical for locating weak points, and preparing solutions to be implemented in future designs.


BPS Featured at Inaugural Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium

BPS contributed three presentations at the inaugural Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium (AORES) held in Melbourne during 18-20 October 2016. The symposium gathered all of the key stakeholders in the sector to share technical progress and discuss strategies for future development.

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bioWAVE installed At Port Fairy

The bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit has been installed in the ocean near Port Fairy, Australia.

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O-Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) module verified by DNV GL

The O-Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) module has been verified for operation by DNV GL. Following 6 years of development, and extensive factory testing, the O-Drive has been fitted out for ocean deployment. DNV GL, one of the worlds leading offshore certification bodies, has witnessed and verified functional testing of the O-Drive, ahead of the forthcoming deployment in the Port Fairy bioWAVE Project.



bioWAVE construction completed

BPS has completed the construction and onshore testing of a 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit, including a detachable O-Drive power conversion module.

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