Behind the scenes at SINN Power: Preparations for the first open-sea test

A lot has happened in the technical development at SINN Power in the past six months. Currently, the team is preparing for the next big mile stone: the first test of a module of the wave energy converter in the ocean by the end of 2015.

Even today, the team of Head of Technical Development Martin Bednarz is able to find out how much electricity a module of the wave energy converter can generate in different wave types. The test bench at the CUTEC Institute simulates the up-and-down motion of the modules that is created by the waves in the actual wave energy converter. A newly programmed software creates realistic irregular wave spectra using motors and measures the generated electricity at the same time.

Martin Bednarz (right), Head of Technical Development, discusses the bench tests of the wave energy converter module with a colleague from the CUTEC Institute
Martin Bednarz (right), Head of Technical Development, discusses the bench tests of the wave energy converter module with a colleague from the CUTEC Institute

For the wave energy converter to be able to deliver electricity to the consumers on shore, a lot of development work is required on the electronic side as well. This is why buzzing and whirring noises can be heard periodically from the generator and measurement equipment in the SINN Power electronics lab in Gauting. Depending on the kind of sounds from Head of Electrical Engineering Daniel van der Veer that accompany those noises, it is possible to deduct his satisfaction with the status of the development.

Daniel van der Veer (right), Head of Electrical Engineering at SINN Power, demonstrates the progress in the SINN Power electronics lab
Daniel van der Veer (right), Head of Electrical Engineering at SINN Power, demonstrates the progress in the SINN Power electronics lab

When the Bavarian Gauting moves toward winter, the team is getting ready for a trip to the Mediterranean Sea. Here the technology is tested for the first time in the ocean. If the test runs smoothly, the next business trips are set: SINN Power plans to install the first wave energy converter at a remote coastal site near the equator in 2016.