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Lloyds Register awards its first Technology Qualification Certificate for ocean energy to WaveRoller

Lloyd’s Register has awarded its first Technology Qualification certificate to Finland’s AW-Energy, developer of the WaveRoller.
Lloyds Register awards its first Technology Qualification Certificate for ocean energy to WaveRoller

Working to rigorous technical standards in collaboration with Lloyd’s Register, AW-Energy is committed to follow best practice from corresponding industries. Its WaveRoller product is a near shore wave energy converter, mounted to the seabed with a panel that oscillates with the wave surge. It paves the way to commercialisation for the wave energy industry and with ongoing projects in Portugal, Ireland, France, and Chile, the company expects to see rapid growth in the next few years as governments, operators and geo-energy policy collectively strive for cleaner and more sustainable power generation solutions.

The award of the certificate follows more than two years of cooperation and was presented in person by Mr Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, to Mr John Liljelund, AW-Energy CEO, in the presence of the British Ambassador to Denmark, HE Ms Vivien Life at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on Tuesday 12 July.

AW-Energy has been developing WaveRoller technology for over 15 years and the engineering team since early 2014 has cooperated with Lloyd’s Register on the Technology Qualification process for certification. This is a detailed, goal-based approach to risk that has allowed AW-Energy to identify and mitigate risks and weaknesses in the design throughout the innovation process for the prototype deployment in Peniche. Lloyd’s Register’s team of highly experienced engineers supported the development of the project from the outset and challenged the design to validate key goals in safety, reliability and availability for the unit. The Lloyd’s Register qualification plays a major role in the development of relatively young and new components, processes or systems with a lack of historical data.

“As the British Ambassador to Denmark, I am delighted to witness the signing of the Technology Qualification Certificate, which opens the door for wide scale commercial deployment of Scandinavian wave energy solutions globally” said Ms Life. “The WaveRoller technology not only offers a novel and previously untapped source of renewable energy; it has minimal visual impact and it even creates artificial basis for reef ecosystems to flourish. Companies like AW-Energy are the key players in this new era of energy innovation and which increasingly focuses on clean technology solutions for global sustainability challenges. Encouraging cooperation in developing renewable energy solutions between the UK and Scandinavia has been a key part of my role here. So we were honoured to host AW-Energy and Lloyd’s Register with their teams at the Embassy.”

AW-Energy Chairman of the Board, Mr Per Langer, added that the process of developing WaveRoller has been very challenging but also very valuable. It is the first ocean energy converter to reach this level of validation by Lloyd’s Register.

Wave energy is a significant untapped resource of clean renewable energy globally, with a potential greater than the capacity of all the installed fossil fuel plants in Europe combined. Waves are a predictable source of energy, and can make a valuable contribution to the commercial mix of renewable energy.

According to Ross Wigg, VP Renewables at Lloyd’s Register, the technologies that are to be commercialised in ocean energy, in renewables and across the energy mix, can be both emerging technologies and technology that is unproven on a large industrial scale. Lloyd’s Register approach supports a better way for technology developers to manage costs and the associated risks of bringing new technology to market.

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