Celebration mood in the entire SINN Power Team: The first installation of the wave energy converter module on Crete was successful. The module could be mounted easily – and generates first electricity from the sea waves.
On the morning of the installation, the SINN Power engineers experienced tense excitement. “We had constructed the module to cope with all possible scenarios. But in real environments, you never know if everything will work out as planned,” project engineer Dominik Schwaiger recounts the minutes before the decisive moment.
When everything went well during the installation on the breakwater wall, joy and relief were visible in everybody present. Especially CEO Philipp Sinn, who had designed the concept for the patented technology in his doctoral thesis, was enthusiastic: “It is awesome to see how smoothly the module rides up and down with the waves. The team has done a great job!”
SINN Power plans to run the wave energy module in test mode for two days and then remove it again for the stormy wintertime. “There is still a lot to be done in the development. Today’s experiment mainly served to test the mounting structure on the breakwater wall. We will use the winter break to implement additional technical improvements,” CTO Martin Bednarz explains.
Starting in spring 2016, the module will be operated for one year on the port wall. From the test operation, the team will derive further insights for the development of the floating SINN Power wave energy converter. Its installation is planned for late 2016.