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is an ideal unit for electrical power generation into an existing
grid or, with a standby support, as a prime power source for remote
island communities. The system is equally suited to powering desalination
rests directly on the seabed and is designed to operate in the
near-shore environment in a nominal mean water depth of 15m.
Optimum performance will be achieved when driven by a long ocean
swell generated over a fetch of more than 400km. Lesser seas may
also produce satisfactory performance.
In extreme storms the incoming power will be greater than the device
capacity and the automatic control system will cap power generation at
the maximum rating.
The pneumatic power of the Oscillating Water Column (OWC) is converted
to electricity by a Wells turbo generator and specially designed
induction generators. Power is brought ashore by subsea cable.
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