Columbia Power Technologies is to conduct land-based tests of its Stingray wave power device to examine its large-scale, direct-drive power take-off.
The company said once the pre-fit of the 6.6-metre diameter permanent magnet generator is finished and approval is granted to proceed, it will test the system at the National Wind Technology Centre near Denver in Colorado.
Columbia Power also said it is nearing the completion of the Stingray design and certification project.
This project will culminate with a statement of feasibility from DNV GL, the company said.
Both projects are co-sponsored by the US Department of Energy.
Columbia Power added that the first large-scale, open-water demonstration project at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Oahu in Hawaii is in the planning phase.
This project is co-sponsored by the US Navy and, together with the DoE projects, the company said “will help deliver the Stingray technology to pre-commercial readiness”.
Image: Stingray device (Columbia Power Technologies)