Carnegie evaluates wave energy potential in Ireland

Carnegie Wave Energy has signed a €150,000 (£125,000) funding agreement with the Irish government’s Sustainable Energy Association (SEAI) for a project to evaluate potential sites where its CETO wave energy systems could be deployed in Ireland, and to develop a site-specific conceptual design.

The project is 50 per cent funded by the SEAI and 50 per cent by Carnegie Wave Energy, and forms the first phase of detailed design for a potential 5MW commercial demonstration project in Irish waters. The project will be managed through Carnegie’s Irish subsidiary, CETO Wave Energy Ireland.

Carnegie’s Dublin-based executive director of European business development, Kieran O’Brien, said: ’Reaching a formal agreement with SEAI for project funding allows us to begin detailed site assessment and develop the conceptual design of a 5MW commercial demonstration project in Ireland.’

Ireland-based engineering specialists RPS Consulting Engineers has been appointed to undertake the study.

Carnegie Wave Energy is focusing its efforts on developing and commercialising its CETO wave energy technology, which is named after a Greek sea goddess.

Unlike other wave energy systems currently under development, the CETO wave power converter is fully submerged and permanently anchored to the sea floor, producing high-pressure seawater from the power of waves that is then delivered onshore to create electricity or freshwater using standard reverse osmosis desalination technology.

Because the CETO units are anchored to the sea floor, they are claimed to be safe from the extreme forces that may be present during storms. They are also self-tuning to tide, sea state and wave patterns, enabling them to perform in a wide variety of wave heights and in any direction.

CETO units are manufactured from steel, rubber and Hypalon materials, all proven for more than 20 years in a marine environment.