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The Sotenäs Wave Energy Plant grid connected!

A very significant step in the development of the first 1 MW of the Sotenäs Wave Energy Plant on the Swedish West Coast was taken this weekend in that the 120 ton subsea generator switchgear was deployed and connected to the Swedish National Grid via a 10 km subsea cable.

A number of Wave Energy Converters (generators) were also connected to the subsea switchgear and the wave park will consequently go live as soon as the buoys (point absorbers) are connected to the generators.

This grid connection of a subsea generator switchgear represents a World first. We are very happy to have reached this milestone and I wish to thank all our employees and our business partners for their efforts and their support all along the way.

Prof. Mats Leijon, Seabased CEO

For Seabased, several other projects utilizing this globally patented concept are already in the pipeline.  The Sotenäs Wave Power Plant is financed by Fortum, the Swedish Energy Authority and Seabased. Research and Development within Seabased is carried out in close cooperation with researchers at the Centre for Electric Renewable Energy Conversion at the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University.