BioPower Systems has completed construction and onshore testing of a 250 kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit, to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, late in 2015.

The 26-metre bioWAVE unit is designed to sway back and forth below the surface of the ocean. The oscillating motion activates hydraulic cylinders to spin a generator. The power transported to shore via a sub-sea cable.

The device is able to lie flat on the seabed to prevent damage during storms.

The $21 million project, supported by $11 million ARENA funding, aims to move BioPower’s bioWAVE technology towards commercialisation.

Installation is planed for November 2015 and the pilot testing expected to run for at least 12 months, with an independent performance assessment at the conclusion.