A joint project carried out by Danish Comapny Dexawave, in collaboration with Maltese partners, has seen the launch of the first model of wave energy converters in Marsascala (off Zonqor Point), with plans being made to deploy another structure in Gozo. The aim of the project is to convert wave power into electrical energy.
The project will be investigating the exact parameters needed to produce wave energy converters in the Mediterranean and will certainly be a valuable source of electricity generation if it proves viable. Preliminary tests have already been carried out some months ago, with results indicating that using the technology in Malta could prove to be successful.
The company aims to achieve long-lasting, low impact and contamination-free wave energy converters, each producing around 250 KW/hour. Each converter is similar in form to a barge which would protrude only a few metres above sea-level and would only be slightly visible from land. Each model is around seven metres long and will assist the company in establishing the parameters of a full scale converter, which is planned for early next year, while all stakeholders have been assured that any risk of harming the marine environment is practically non-existant.