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AW-Energy: Turning ocean waves into tomorrow’s electricity.

Independent certification and Technology Qualification to help make WaveRollerTM happen.

Key facts

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    AW-Energy, Finland

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    Renewable wave technology, WaveRoller™

  • 03.


    Optimised project financing through to reduced technical risk

Client challenge

AW-Energy is the developer of the world-leading wave-energy converter, WaveRoller™. This novel technology delivers emission-free, renewable energy by converting ocean waves to electricity. Wave movements are captured by a hinged panel that runs a generator. This technology also has a low visual impact on the environment.

The client’s ambition is to locate WaveRoller™ in Peniche, Portugal, in the nearshore area at depths of between 8 and 20 meters. The device will be connected to the grid once deployed and fully operating. To help get this innovative project up-and-running, our client asked us to review the prototype design and fabrication work carried out by its team.

How we’re helping

We provided third-party certification and Technology Qualification services. This helped:

–      optimise project financing

–      enable insurance coverage on a commercial basis

–      make sure the highest quality standards and technical excellence were met

–      ensure risks were identified and mitigated throughout the project's lifecycle.

Client feedback

“Working with LRQA and using the Technology Qualification process has brought so many benefits for our project and team; from setting clear metrics to measure and communicate the technology development process, to providing expertise with a depth and breadth of experience that´s difficult to procure.”

Chris Ridgewell

CTO, AW-Energy

"I am thrilled to see the emergence of one of the prerequisites for WaveRoller's™ commercial roll out. The involvement of an institution like LRQA to this extent will ensure that the highest quality standards and technical excellence are met."

John Liljelund

CEO, AW-Energy

Powerful benefits

Technology Qualification brings both organisational and technology related benefits to our client.

Organisational benefits

  • Provides development milestones, with each challenge in manageable chunks.

  • Gives a clear metric to measure the technology development process.

  • Ensures work is structured, with documentation to match.

  • Enables certification milestones to be celebrated with the team.

  • Shows visible progress to stakeholders, from a dependable third-party opinion.

 Technology benefits

  • Helps to improve technology with independent input.

  • Helps to identify failure modes through risk-based methodology that could otherwise have remained undetected.

  • Provides a simple and effective way to benefit from our depth of technical knowledge and experience.


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