Hydropower

SINN Power gets grant to continue wave energy device research

Wave energy developer SINN Power has received a US$1.2 million grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to expand its research activities on the Greek island of Crete.

The German company said it will use the funding to install give wave energy converter modules on a breakwater in the Port of Heraklion. The new units will be placed near another unit that was installed in December 2015, with the goal of testing the interconnection between multiple modules.

Each module includes a float that bobs up and down in the water, thus providing the kinetic motion required for energy production.

SINN Power said the exercise will help pave the way toward an 18-module array that will also be located near the port.

The financing comes as part of the German ministry’s 6th Energy Research Programme, which seeks to improve the country’s energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

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