A startup that turns waves from the ocean into electricity has officially connected its energy station to Israel’s national electrical grid, making it the first wave energy project to deliver electricity to the country’s power supply.
Eco Wave Power Global transfers the motion of ocean waves to power stations on land using its uniquely shaped floating devices, which rise and fall with the waves’ up-and-down motion and the changes in water levels. The power stations convert the energy into fluid pressure used to spin a generator, producing electricity.
The project was carried out in conjunction with renewable energy company EDF Renewables IL, and with funding from Israel’s Ministry of Energy.
The power station has a capacity of 100 KW and consists of 10 floaters placed along the breakwater in Jaffa Port. Each of the floaters connects to Eco Wave Power’s land-based energy conversion unit.
The company says that the power station has enough energy to power approximately 100 homes at peak efficiency.
“We are proud to see our vision of sustainable wave energy becoming a reality at the Port of Jaffa,” said Eco Wave Power Founder and CEO Inna Braverman.
“I am grateful to the EDF Renewables IL team, Israeli Energy Ministry, the Atarim Group (which manages and develops the Tel-Aviv Jaffa coastline), and my entire team at Eco Wave Power who worked tirelessly to take this project from an idea to a new source of clean energy for Israel,” she said.
“We believe this is just the start for wave energy and we are excited for this station to serve as a catalyst for many more projects across the globe.”
In addition to providing clean energy to Israel’s electrical grid, the EWP-EDF One power station will also serve as a public education center.
Eco Wave Power recently announced that it received a grant by the European Union which will fund the creation and installation of a unique educational experience at the Port of Jaffa station.