Andrea Gulisano – CEO at Wave for Energy
Andrea Gulisano began his speech by pointing out that 40% of the world population lives less than 100 km from the coast and that the possibility of having energy from the sea would not be such a remote and undervalued resource.
The energy from the sea has many positive and some negative aspects; among the positive ones there is the high energy density, as it is a very concentrated energy, at about 20 meters from the surface the maximum power of the hence. Moreover, the energy from the sea is also very predictable, there are technologies that can predict the amount of resources and give inputs to tune the different technological systems and achieve maximum results. It also has a minimal environmental impact.
Among the negative aspects there are: the complexity of the regulations for installation, the absence of incentives and the use of materials subject to high corrosion.
Gulisano spoke of Wave for Energy, the Spinoff of the Turin Polytechnic, founded in 2010, which works to create energy technologies for a more sustainable world and which has recently started working in the open sea and not only in the laboratory.
The spinoff deals with marine energy and has soon broadened its horizons, especially thanks to the collaboration with Eni and with the University of Edinburgh.
Among the projects of Wave for Energy, we find “ISWEC“, a WEC (Wave Attenuator) technology, born in 2012, which consists of a 100kW device consisting of a gyroscopic system that interacts with a sealed hull producing electricity.
Wave for Energy has subsequently created a full-scale system that can be used in a real environment: the sea, the goal is to reach an industrial and commercial system.
In 2015 he started the project in Pantelleria where a system providing the first Kw / hour of energy was wired, Pantelleria was chosen because it was not connected to the national electricity system.
In 2018, Wave for Energy built and installed in the Adriatic Sea, thanks to the help of Eni and the Polytechnic, the first hybrid plant that uses the wave system and the photovoltaic system.
Currently, they are working on the latest version of ISWEC, with a power of 360 Kw and much larger than the previous one, this project aims at industrial-type development with the help of Eni and the partners that have been attracted.
The next objective is to make new installations, similar to Pantelleria’s one, in other islands in the Mediterranean and outside the Mediterranean.