GapuraEnergi Utama , an Indonesian infrastructure construction company has ordered a 10 MW Wello Penguin wave energy park.The park will be located next to Nusa Penida Island in Bali and the company states it will be the largest wave energy park globally.The delivery will take place after the permitting process is finalized, which is estimated to occur in fourth quarter of 2018. Wello has also entered into a representation agreement for the Indonesian market with GEU.
The patented Wello Penguin wave energy converter has been developed and tested for almost 10 years. The Penguin floats on water and captures kinetic energy from the waves, which is then turned into electrical power with zero emissions. The vessel is positioned away from the wave breaking zone. The Penguin fleet can consist of anything form one unit upwards, depending on the desired energy production capacity. The Penguins are anchored to sea bottom at a depth of approximately 50 meters. Only 2 meters of each unit is visible above the surface.
The device does not have any moving parts in contact with sea water and the service needs are minimal. Remote connection allows for continuous monitoring and adjustment of the solution. The Wello Penguin produces no visual or noise pollution and it can be utilized on almost any ocean coast.
“I am extremely proud that our long-term development work is now rewarded with this order”, said Heikki Paakkinen, the CEO and founder of Wello.
“The cost of energy generated with Wello Penguin is already very competitive compared to offshore wind energy, and in serial production we aim for a further 50% cost reduction”, Paakkinen concluded.
KomangAgusPribadiana, President Manager, GEU, commented: “Indonesia’s ocean wave energy potential is more than 17 GW, but not yet explored at all. This alliance could ignite the fabrication of a 100% local content hull and other supporting equipment could be produced locally as well.”
Photo: For over 10 years, Wello has been developing a device that captures the energy from passing waves. The 10 MW wave energy park will be the largest in the world.
(courtesy of Wello)