Sydney, October 22, 2009 — Australian ocean energy company, BioPower Systems, entered into a collaborative agreement with the City of San Francisco to investigate the generation of wave energy from the Pacific Ocean.
Under the agreement, BioPower will work with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to assess the feasibility of a project located 5 miles off San Francisco’s western beaches with a generating capacity of between 10 MW and 100 MW.
The proposed Oceanside Wave Energy Project would consider installation of a wave farm using BioPower’s modular wave energy system, bioWAVET.
John Doyle, Acting Manager of Infrastructure at the SFPUC, said that the project has the potential to add yet another source of renewable energy to the City’s power network. “The feasibility of ocean waves as an energy source is being considered and this could lead to further project development.”
Pending the results of a feasibility study, BioPower and the City of San Francisco will work together to develop the project aimed at supplying clean renewable electricity into the City’s power grid by 2012.
The bioWAVET system is designed to supply utility-scale grid-connected renewable energy while being out of view, and without affecting marine life.
The system sways in tune with the forces of the ocean, and naturally streamlines when extreme conditions prevail, leading to cost-competitive lightweight designs.
Multiple bioWAVET devices, each with a capacity of 1MW, would be installed as an undersea wave energy farm, with the combined power output supplied to the on-land grid via subsea cable.