Combining PowerPod with a float and support structure enables co-location of wave energy generation with offshore wind.
Reducing Reliance on Offshore Diesel Generation
PowerPod reduces reliance on offshore diesel generation for wind farm developers and operators. Single PowerPods provide preliminary, maintenance and emergency power for offshore wind turbines. Generating electricity from the waves reduces the need for offshore diesel generation which has high re-fuelling costs. Diesel re-fuelling costs are set to increase as global fuel prices rise and projects move further offshore. PowerPod sits alongside diesel generators, reducing operating costs and minimising risks to customers.
Integrating Wave Energy with Offshore Wind
Multiple PowerPods sharing offshore wind infrastructure maximise grid export electricity generation for a given sea area. PowerPods can be integrated into the design of next-generation offshore wind foundations. Integration reduces capital costs by sharing offshore infrastructure such as foundations, cabling and grid connection. Co-locating wave energy generation with offshore wind reduces the intermittency of the output power from the combined wind-wave farm.
PowerPod provides long term, sustainable cost reduction as offshore wind development moves into deeper waters, further offshore. The increased revenue from the more energetic wave climates of these sites counteracts the additional costs of installing and operating in more challenging waters.