Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (M.O.L.) has made an agreement with the Bombora Wave Power firm, a marine energy production firm, to assess the possibilities for wave energy ventures either as stand-alone facilities or in conjunction with the offshore wind farms. The latest venture is part of an effort to create new and profitable prospects for business growth. M.O.L. claims that the rapidly increasing green marine energy market is a unique opportunity, expecting substantial demand for vessels engaged in the marine energy industry’s development and operating activities.

While with the installation programs, a wide variety of businesses have tried to understand the offshore wind’s emerging prospects. This is the first time a large shipping line is still aiming at evolving wave energy technology. A membrane-type wave energy converter has been developed by Bombora, situated in Wales, and is in the phase of constructing the first demo plant. When ocean waves fly past, the membranes shift, allowing air to pass into a turbine to produce electricity. Via the submerged wire, the power will then be immediately transmitted to shore.

By incorporating wave energy technology into offshore wind facilities, Bombora claims that by merging them into a single plant, it can achieve 50 percent additional power from the seabed leasing areas and 50 percent more reliable output. M.O.L.’s global maritime transport company has conducted a comprehensive internal technology analysis of the Bombora’s wave energy converter technologies. In the second step of the collaboration, the future locations for both the wave energy initiatives and the possibilities for integrating wind and the wave energy projects in Japan as well as the neighboring regions will be established.

The companies outlined the possibilities for island populations to minimize dependency on the diesel fuel and stated that they would also explore the wider utility power capacity off Japan’s Pacific coastline. Japan can be seen as among the most attractive markets for the offshore energy industry growth. The Japanese government is aiming to install around 10GW by the year 2030 and plans to install the offshore wind between 30GW and 45GW by the year 2040. Japanese Wind Power Association has predicted floating offshore wind energy prospects of over 500 GW in Japan.

M.O.L. said that it would introduce to the joint study its experience in the maritime consultation, offshore naval activities, as well as international supply chain business awareness. In its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project situated in Wales, Bombora is ready for final assembly process with installation planned for the mid-2021. Bombora has already begun a TechnipFMC collaboration project to combine wave energy technologies with the wind generation on a single offshore floating platform. A 12MW Combined mWave, as well as wind floating platform, are expected to be demonstrated later to extend to 18MW.

By Adam

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