Wave and Tidal Energy Converters for Commercial Energy Production 8.06.2011
40South Energy Italia designs, produces and sells wave and tidal energy converters: the H-type machines and the R-type ones.
The radical design of our R-type wave energy converters and of our H-type wave and tidal energy converters lets you reap the benefits of commercial wave and tidal energy while avoiding the drawbacks of conventional installations.
The 40South Energy H-type wave and tidal energy converters comprise one fully submerged guide element, over which slides the Moving Member which is the wave and tidal energy interceptor. Also the Moving Member is always completely submerged. The cross section of the Moving Member is controlled automatically to respond dynamically to changing sea conditions.
The 40South Energy R-type wave energy converters comprise one fully submerged section – called Lower Member – and energy interceptors – called Upper Members – at different depths. The relative motion of the Lower and Upper members is converted directly into electricity on the machine. The depth of the machines is controlled automatically to respond dynamically to changing sea conditions.
You can read more about the 40South Energy technology on our “Wave Energy Converters” page.
Our R-type Wave Energy Converters and our H-type Wave and Tidal Energy Converters Work In All Sea Conditions
This ability of the R-machines to vary depth dynamically and automatically in response to any changes in the state of the sea also guarantees that the same machines can operate across the globe.
The H-machines adapt to the sea state by changing dynamically the cross section impacting on waves and on tides.
Whether the installation is in Orkney, Tuscany, or Oregon, the machine will work within the same operational limits.
Wave and Tidal Energy Converters From Community Scale To Utility Scale
Our machines are ideal from centralized (utility scale) generation to distributed (community scale) generation, so no matter the location or purpose, 40South Energy machines can meet your commercial wave energy requirements. At any scale, Wave Energy Parks collect several wave machines in a unified energy production site, and are sizable from 50kW to several Megawatts. Wave Energy Parks are typically owned and operated by third parties, which guarantee O&M of the wave machines, for a fee.
Background image: installation of H24-2015001 at Marina di Pisa during November 2015. Photo by Michele Grassi