BioPower Systems & San Francisco To Develop Wave Energy Project

BioPower Systems has 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 (SFPUC) to assess the feasibility of a project located five miles off San Francisco’s western beaches with a generating capacity of between 10 and 100 megawatts (MW).

The proposed Oceanside Wave Energy Project would consider installation of a wave farm using BioPower’s modular wave energy system, bioWAVET.

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 1 MW, would be installed as an undersea wave energy farm, with the combined power output supplied to the on-land grid via subsea cable.

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.

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