Feeds

BioPower to trial wave energy in Oz

Victorian gummint helping fund 250kW test

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Port Fairy in Victoria is to be home to a $AU14m trial of wave power, with the Victorian government announcing support of $AU5m for the project.

The conditional funding from the state government is provided under its Sustainable Energy Pilot Demonstration Program, to help build a 250kW system that will connect to the grid at Port Fairy.

The company proposing the project, BioPower Systems (BPS), says it has tested the most critical component of its generator at full scale, at its factory in the Sydney suburb of Mascot.

Image of BioWave power system

Source: BioPower Systems

The Victorian pilot would see the BPS system operating 30 meters under the ocean surface. BPS’s CEO, Dr Timothy Finnigan, says the company needs to raise another $AU3.6m to go ahead with the project.

Finnigan says the key characteristics of the system are that power is generated in-situ, connecting back to the grid via a submarine power cable, which gives BPS flexibility in choice of location; the system has a fail-safe mode positioning it flat against the seabed in violent conditions; and its blade structure is designed to capture a higher proportion of the available energy than other designs.

Rather than using turbines to capture wave power, BioWave’s buoyant blades sway back and forth with water flows; this is captured as hydraulic pressure in BioWave’s drive system, which converts the hydraulic energy into electricity. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
Shanghai to San Fran in two hours would be a trick, though
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.