Protean wave converter successfully deployed

Protean Wave Energy Converter deployed off the southern breakwater at Port of Bunbury, Western Australia
Protean Wave Energy Converter deployed off the southern breakwater at Port of Bunbury, Western Australia

Protean Wave Energy’s first Protean wave energy converter (WEC) buoy has been successfully deployed at Port of Bunbury, Western Australia.

Deployment of the first buoy of the multi-buoy array will enable Protean to collect operational and environmental data for a pre-feasibility assessment ahead of a commercial pilot wave farm.

Protean Wave Energy managing director Bruce Lane said the deployment represents years of hard work and perseverance.

“The coming weeks will see us deploy further buoys at Bunbury to complete Stage 1 of our first demonstration wave farm. We’re focused not only on opportunities in Australia but are continuing to seek additional partnerships and commercial deployment opportunities in international markets,” he said.

The multi-buoy demonstration Wave Farm will be deployed progressively with Stage 1 consisting of 3 Protean WEC buoys. The demonstration wave farm will operate up to September, during which time the company record performance and environmental data.

The remaining buoys to complete Stage 1 are expected to enter the water during the coming weeks. The company is also continuing to advance its plan to deploy the Protean WEC in California, US, off the Cal Poly research pier.