The world’s biggest tidal power station will soon be built in Turkey, and it will be a 77 megawatt system of large pier-like machines with the ability to generate clean energy from the sea’s constant motion.
The firm that will build it is the Swedish company, Eco Wave Power (EWP), and they will build their small sized pilot project in the town of Ordu, Turkey.
According to EWP, the project is estimated at $150m million. However, if it works, this power station will not only be the first grid-connected tidal energy station in the country, but once they finish it, it will be considered the biggest one anywhere in the world.
Attached to the structures in the water are seawalls, also called jetties, that rise and fall with the movement of the powerful waves of the ocean. This motion is what powers the hydraulic pistons inside the “floaters,” also called metal hulls. As a result, these floaters power a turbine on the land and that sends the energy to the grid through a power inverter.
Ordu Enerji, as it’s being called, is a government-owned project and because of the terms of the agreement, the government will assign at least nine possible breakwaters to EWP for a time period of 25 years from activation of the first power station.
EWP explains, “Subject to certain conditions, including, among others, receiving favorable results from feasibility studies and receipt of applicable licenses and permits, the 77 MW power station is planned to be constructed in several stages, starting with an up to 4 MW pilot station, and continuing with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the remaining capacity of the plant of up to 73MW.”
Eco Wave Power Inks Historic Concession Agreement to build 77-Megawatt Power Station.
An estimated $150 million project in Ordu, Turkey would be the world’s largest onshore wave power station.
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The Swedish company will also be in charge of all aspects of the project, from construction to commissioning all the power plants, to selling the electricity that’s generated by the plant. The amount that’s generated per plant will also have a preapproved production quota dependent on each particular site.
Turkey isn’t the only country where EWP has grid-connected power stations either. Currently, they have one in the Port of Jaffa in Israel, while also having run a demonstration plant for at least six years in Gibraltar.
According to President and CEO of Ordu Enerji, Mustafa Kemal Macit, “With the goal to build a self-sufficient grid, Ordu sees Eco Wave Power as an important asset to fully realizing our potential for 100% clean energy.”
“The entire municipality of Ordu is excited to fully realize the sea’s potential and use its unlimited source of energy to power our electrical grid. This project demonstrates that Ordu Enerji is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies,” he added.
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