Wave power New Zealand device secures international certification

Issue 24 – February 2011

A New Zealand developed and designed wave power device has been awarded Statement of Design Feasibility certification by an international certification agency, Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

The Wave Energy Technology – New Zealand (WET-NZ) consortium has been experimenting with a ¼-scale (2 kW) wave power device, which has been deployed off Christchurch since 2006. The WET-NZ consortium comprises Industrial Research Limited (IRL) and Power Projects Limited, a private Wellington-based company.

The consortium is currently developing a ½-scale (20 kW) prototype version of its device, as a result of funding received from the government's Marine Energy Deployment Fund, which will be deployed in New Zealand waters in 2011. The design of this prototype is based on DNV certification principles.

DNV certification is a lengthy process of risk identification and mitigation. IRL commercial manager Gavin Mitchell says the certification reflects well on IRL's technical competence in what is a very new and challenging area of engineering and design.

Read the full IRL media release (www.irl.cri.nz/newsroom/media-release/nz-wave-power-device-secures-international-certification) for more information.

Summarised from a media release, 9 December 2010, Industrial Research Limited.

Published in engineering.