The power of the sea is enormous and offers an inexhaustible energy source if we can learn to harness it effectively. We at Fortum have been working several years on development projects to find the best solutions to produce energy from the waves.
Wave power technologies are divided into different categories based on the principle used to harness the wave energy – for example, whether the energy is generated from the waves at the bottom or surface of the sea. Fortum is researching both of these technologies.
The research on harnessing bottom waves is under way in France in collaboration with the Finnish AW-Energy and the French DCNS, while the research on surface wave power is being carried out in Sweden in collaboration with Uppsala University.
Fortum has also signed a leasing agreement with the UK-based Wave Hub in order to test wave power solutions off the coast of Cornwall.