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Belgium : Laminaria prepares for 200kW WEC's full-scale deployment.

Belgium-based developer Laminaria is gearing up for the full-scale deployment of its 200kW wave energy converter (WEC) having concluded tank testing of a 1/30th scale device.

The firm said the tests at the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport laboratory at Plymouth University showed survivability in extreme sea states.

The tests generated the equivalent of 16-metre wave heights.

Production of the full-scale version of the WEC is currently ongoing is set to be concluded by April.

The company will deploye the full-scale WEC at the European Marine Energy Centre at Billia Croo in Orkney later in 2018.

The latest tests build on initial tank tests two years ago and were backed by MaRINET2, which helps marine energy developers access a range of testing facilities.

CEO of Laminaria, Steven Nauwelaerts, said: With the completion of the latest tank testing we are confident our WEC will be able to handle the challenging wave resource at EMEC and more.

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Date:Jan 30, 2018
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