Hydropower, Infrastructure, Microgrids

Indonesia continues marine and hydrokinetic energy development with 10-MW park in Bali

Wello Oy (Wello), a Finland-based company that produces wave energy converters (WEC), has announced it will provide a 10 MW marine and hydrokinetic energy park at Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia.

On Dec. 28, Wello said Gapura Energi Utama (GEU), an Indonesian infrastructure construction company, has ordered Wello Penguin units for the park.

The amount of the project is not immediately available.

While Wello has not announced a start date for deploying its units, the company did say delivery will take place after the permitting process is finalized, which it estimates will occur in the end of 2018.

Wello’s announcement follows news from Indonesia in October that the country’s first ocean energy independent power producer, SBS Energi Kelautan, announced it completed final investment decisions with SBS International Ltd. (SBS) to move forward with the 12 MW, Phase I of the 150-MW Nautilus marine energy project in Lombok.

SBS said Phase 1 of the development is valued at US$64 million and will take 36 months with completion expected by 2020. The combined value to complete all three phases of the Nautilus development is $750 million and will take an additional 48 months.

In March 2017, HydroWorld.com reported Wello successfully installed a Penguin WEC at the European Marine Energy Center’s grid-connected test site at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney, Scotland.

The Wello Penguin WEC is a floating element based on shape, in which motion energy is directly captured by a generator, resulting to direct conversion from motions to electricity without hydraulics, joints or gears. All parts are sealed inside of the floating hull and do not directly contact seawater.

Heikki Paakkinen, Wello chief executive officer and founder, said, “I am extremely proud that our long-term development work is now rewarded with this order. This is just the beginning, as there is global sales potential for the Wello Penguin wave energy device.”

Komang Agus Pribadiana, GEU president manager, said, “Indonesia’s ocean wave energy potential is more than 17 GW, but not yet explored at all. Teaming up with Wello is truly a brilliant idea and a strategic maneuver to capture the huge ocean waves utility market. This alliance could ignite the fabrication of a 100% local content hull and other supporting equipment could be produced locally as well.”

In addition to the development at Nusa Penida Island, Wello said it has also entered into a representation agreement with GEU for the Indonesian market.