MHK Technologies/SPERBOY

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Technology Profile
Primary Organization Embley Energy
Project(s) where this technology is utilized MHK Projects/Plymouth Sound
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Oscillating Water Column
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TRL 5/6: System Integration and Technology Laboratory Demonstration
Technology Description SPERBOY is a floating buoy Oscillating Water Column (OWC) device consisting of a buoyant structure with a submerged, enclosed column. Housed above the OWC on top of the buoy is the plant: turbines, generators and associated system facilities. The principle of operation is similar to that of fixed OWCs designed for shoreline and fixed installations, except that the device is capable of deployment in deep water to maximize greatest energy source; and the entire body floats and maintains optimum hydrodynamic interactions for the prevailing wave spectrum, producing high energy capture at minimal cost.

Mooring Configuration 3 point slack
Optimum Marine/Riverline Conditions Device configured to suit wave spectrum
Technology Dimensions
Technology Nameplate Capacity (MW) Depends on sea state but in the order of 2 MW
Device Testing
Relevant Technical Publications •Environmental conditions very favourable and therefore not a major focus at this stage particularly when there is so much public information already available

Date Submitted 10/8/2010

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