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.