Wave Energy System

The bioWAVETM is being developed for utility-scale power production from ocean waves.

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Power Take-Off Module

Ocean energy company, BioPower Systems (BPS), has completed the construction.

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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.