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Langlee prepares to launch full scale demonstrator project

Langlee Wave Power has secured £1.8 million (18 million NOK) for a year-long demonstrator of its E1 Wave Energy Converter to be launched in Norway next year.

The Norwegian government’s organisation for innovation and development of enterprises and industry, known as Innovation Norway, has awarded the company a grant of £800,000 with the remaining funding coming from Langlee’s investors Färna Invest AB.

A test site is being prepared at Svåheia near Egersund, approximately one hour from Stavanger, by utility company Dalane Energi. The site was chosen because it is naturally rich and an ideal offshore site which is similar to many other coastal areas around the world suitable for wave and tidal energy projects.

According to a statment, the Wave Energy Converter is based on "field proven offshore technology", which has already been tested by the University of Aalborg.

It measures 15 x 15 metres and has been engineered for communities facing energy supply challenges, according to the company, which says it is an ideal alternative to diesel generators typically used by small island communities; Langlee is already progressing for a prototype to be used in the Canary Islands in response to a governmental search for wave power solutions. The average wave climate at the Norwegian test site is around 25 kW/m and the project is expected to go live in May 2013.

The E1 modules are lightweight and are ideal for serial production. They lap up wave movement through large water wings which move in opposite directions providing optimal power efficiency which is then converted into electricity through generators.

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