The overall timeline focuses on the commercialization of the WEPTOS technology, which is estimated to be reached by the end of 2014. Reaching commercial status entails the completion of three development phases, which jointly make the WEPTOS technology a competitive alternative in the field of offshore energy supply installations.
Phase I (Completed September 2011) is the construction of a large‐scale model that enables for performance evaluation under realistic conditions, guaranteeing high quality results. The purpose is to use the facilities of one of the largest wave laboratories in Europe in order to gain the best knowledge on performance, structural endurance and ground forces. The large‐scale model makes it possible to implement the functions of a full‐scale WEPTOS production facility and enables for precise performance evaluation of the new, patented functions.
Phase II (2012‐2014) is the design and the construction of a full‐scale WEPTOS WEC for open water installation. The installation is followed by a one‐year test period in a protected (low energy) area, assigned to bring focus on function and condition evaluation with the highest degree of safety. In this phase, WEPTOS expects to deliver a third of the maximum energy production and, to the extent possible, to bring this production to the market.
Phase III (2015) is the relocation and installation of the full‐scale WEPTOS WEC to its final destination. Here, all functions as well as the energy production are studied and evaluated in relationship with the wave environment. The WEPTOS WEC is maintained in full capacity, and lifespan analyses as well as operating costs controls are carried out on an ongoing basis. The energy production is allocated through the grid and the project reaches its commercial status.