A MW-level wave energy demonstration project will be built in Wanshan island, Zhuhai city, and a number of wave energy units will be manufactured, installed, and tested to realize the demonstration operation of grid connection. At the same time, the test system construction of wave energy converters will be carried out, and supporting engineering facilities such as cable laying and power system construction will be completed. Carry out relevant equipment test work; Carry out the construction of environmental monitoring, data service system, operation, and maintenance guarantee system, and other supporting facilities, to provide testing services for domestic and foreign wave energy generating sets.
The device is located in Wanshan Island, Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China (21.92616°N, 113.7195°E).
GIEC obtained the permit for the project sea area in Wanshan island from local government departments (People's Government of Guangdong Province) On October 20, 2020. The environmental impact assessment shall be approved by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. Offshore construction shall obtain the water and underwater construction permit of Zhuhai Maritime Safety Administration.
In 2017, the project was approved and initiated.
In 2020, the construction of the first wave energy converter(WEC) has been completed and real sea test has been carried out.
In 2021, the construction of the second WEC has been completed and real sea test is being carried out.
Key Environmental Issues
The project will generate more than 1 million kWh of electricity per year and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 600 tons. No environmental effects were measured from baseline testing.
Baseline Assessment: MW-Level Wave Energy Demonstration Project
|Receptor||Study Description||Design and Methods||Results||Status|
|Marine Mammals||Consider the effect of device deployment on marine mammal reproduction.||Data monitoring and marine environmental assessment for marine mammals were carried out.||Overall no impact, offshore construction needs to avoid the breeding period.||Completed|
|Fish||Consider noise and other effects on fish.||Data monitoring and marine environmental assessment were carried out.||No effect was measured.||Completed|
|Invertebrates||Consider noise and other effects on invertebrates.||Data monitoring and marine environmental assessment were carried out.||No effect was measured.||Completed|
|Physical Environment||Consider the effect of device deployment on the marine dynamic environment.||Data monitoring and marine environmental assessment on the physical environment were carried out.||In Operation|
|Ecosystem Processes||Consider the effect of device deployment on the surrounding ecosystem.||Data monitoring and marine environmental assessment on the ecosystem was carried out.||In Operation|