Consortium to develop wave-powered microgrid in Thailand
The group received a $1.9m grant for the project.
A consortium led by Toshiba Europe and Aquatera will develop a pilot microgrid project run by wave power to be deployed on a remote island in Thailand.
In a statement, Eco Wave Power, which is also part of the consortium, said the group received a grant of around $1.9m (£1.5m) as part of the Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst programme for the development of the new technology.
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The project development will include novel and predictive control systems, a radar system to forecast wave heights to avoid hazardous conditions and maximise generation, an artificial intelligence-based load and generation prediction system, and a wireless, distributed energy management system.
The Provincial Electricity Authority, a Thai electrical state enterprise, will serve as the microgrid operator on the island.
Other members of the consortium include Hitachi Energy, and teams from the University of Manchester, the University of Exeter, the Asian Institute of Technology, and the Queen Mary University of London.