Azura Device Deployed for Testing Marine Hydrokinetics

Published By : 16 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI) declared recently about it successful deployment of Azura wave energy device this month. This device was deployed at the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site located near the Kaneohe Bay, Oahu in Hawaii.

According to the CEO, Steve Kopf of NWEI, this is the first grid connected wave energy instrument in the United States that will be tested and validated from an independent firm. He further stated that this marks a major milestone for their team and the industry of marine renewable energy.

The United States Department of Energy (DOE), University of Hawaii and the U.S. Navy will support the deployment and testing of the Azura device at WETS, was mentioned by the company.

The CEO said he thinks that independently verifying the performance data of Azura device is important for this system to achieve commercialization. Out of the several challenges the MHK energy needs to overcome, one of these is the ability is to create reliable, and affordable energy via a commercially competitive system as compared to the existing power generation is of the utmost importance.

The Azura device is a technology that has been developed in a collaborative effort between Energy Hydraulics Limited, Callaghan Innovation, and NWEI. The firm Callaghan Innovation in this project led the conceptualization and the early development of this technology in New Zealand. According to NWEI, they recently have secured an exclusive technology license from the firm Callaghan Innovation to commercialize this device.

The firm Energy Hydraulics Limited was responsible for advancing the Azura technology and also for fabrication, engineering and testing of this technology’s power conversion system.

The Natural Energy Institute in Hawaii is an organized unit that is working in conjunction with the Department of Energy and is now running their own tests to confirm the performance of the device that was predicted by the computer simulations.
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