Korean wave energy test site secures EMEC support

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has entered an agreement to continue to support the development of the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering ” Wave Energy Test Site (KRISO-WETS) on the western coast of Jeju Island.

This agreement builds on three years of strong collaboration and strengthens the ties between EMEC and KRISO.

Rob Flynn, EMEC, with Jong-Su Choi,
principal investigator for KRISO-WETS,
at Ocean Energy Europe 2019

Previous collaborative work focused on test site design aspects such as electrical infrastructure, data acquisition and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems, and operational aspects such as environmental monitoring and consenting guidance.

As KRISO-WETS enters operational mode, EMEC will provide further operational guidance around environmental impacts, metocean data, commercial guidance, and third-party verification.

Rob Flynn, international development manager, EMEC said: “As the world’s largest shipbuilder, Korea brings considerable and very welcome expertise to the wave energy challenge. KRISO’s maritime engineering expertise runs very deep and EMEC is proud to support our Korean colleagues in the development of KRISO-WETS.

“The EMEC team has learnt a lot about how to do things, and how not to do things over the years, and we want to share that information for the benefit of our test site colleagues around the world.”

Jong-Su Choi, principal investigator for KRISO-WETS said: “EMEC is the most experienced organization in the world for operating both wave and tidal energy test sites. KRISO has been developing the wave energy test site very efficiently with the support of EMEC since 2016. KRISO seeks to become an advanced technology hub for wave energy open sea test sites based on this international cooperation.”

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) established the commercialization plan for ocean energy systems to contribute to the new national renewable policy to provide 20% of electricity from renewable sectors by 2030. To support this Ministry’s plan, many R&D projects are being carried out. Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) has been investigating small wave energy converters (WECs) of the oscillating water column (OWC) type integrated in breakwaters combined with an energy storage system (ESS) and connected to a micro-grid. Click here for more on this initiative.

Image courtesy of OceanEnergySystems.org

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