AW-Energy substation installed for new Surge2

Source: press release, 11 June 2019

Surge2 WaveRoller substation installation (photo: AWE)
Surge2 WaveRoller substation installation (photo: AWE)

AW-Energy (AWE) has now completed the first step by installing a new substation for their SURGE2 project in Peniche, Portugal.

“The previous substation used for project SURGE (2012-2014) is replaced by an improved new substation with a higher rating, which is better suited for project deliveries and the maritime climate,” says Jussi Åkerberg, CTO of AWE. The installation team included AWE and a Spanish team from PROinSENER Energía who built it based upon an Abengoa design specification.

The substation, located on land, connects the WaveRoller device to the grid using transformers, frequency converters and other electrical components. Abeinsa Engineering has been responsible for the project coordination of the new substation’s detailed design and manufacturing. The supplier of the substation is PROinSENER Energía. Abeinsa Engineering and PROinSENER Energía are both Spanish companies.

AWE has worked with an experienced supply base to build this First-of-a-Kind WaveRoller unit (FOAK). To ensure serial production capacity, AWE is expanding the development of its supply chain by supporting and advancing local production at WaveRoller project sites.

“In our view, WaveRoller projects should benefit local business and employment, which is why we aim to set up a supply chain that supports this goal,” says AWE, CEO Christopher Ridgewell.

As well, AWE is now sourcing new goods and service suppliers globally including steel works, castings, machining, bearings, hydraulic components, electrical components and several other procurement categories.

“AWE is preparing for the production roll-out phase for customer programs already in the pipeline. The key to success in enabling AWE’s WaveRoller production is an efficient and reliable supply chain with first-class suppliers and sub-contractors,” says Jussi Åkerberg.

AWE expects potential suppliers to support AWE to meet the cost-efficient and reliable ramp-up of WaveRoller production. Previous similar references from renewable energy, marine or offshore industry applications are a merit when considering the best suppliers for WaveRoller projects. Standard quality requirements are to be met by the supplier as are sufficient management systems certified by a reputable accreditation body.

The SURGE2 project follows the successful SURGE project, where AW-Energy demonstrated the technology with a grid connected device producing electricity to the Portuguese grid from a site fully exposed to the ocean storms.

This new project, SURGE2, is also designated a FOAK (First of a Kind) project and has been designed to meet ESB’s WestWave requirements. Manufacturing of the main components for this new industry (begun in 2016) have been sourced globally – Canada, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK. The main subsystems are the foundation, power take off, panel and panel bearings. The project was financed by AW-Energy and a loan from Finland’s TEKES (now Business Finland).