Hydrocap Energy is a French company which develop an innovant and efficient wave energy converter : SEACAP. Hydrocap Energy was founded by O&G drilling experts and is currently managed by A. Larivain a former offshore dilling executive for a major international drilling contractor.
The company positions itself as a conceptor and technology provider to utility operators or big industrial facilities. Hydrocap is a partner of the project SeaTitan
Seacap is a marine renewable energy device that captures the kinetic energy from the wave motion. Several CFD, virtual simulation and scaled tank tests have been performed with various types of sea-states models.
Production : this mechanical energy can be converted to electricity thanks to its linear generators and control command containers housed on the dry utlity deck. All equipment is dry and protected from marine environment.
Conversion : electricity may be transferred to a shore substation like other systems, however, it may preferably be used on-deck to produce clean hydrogen thru a new generation of hydrolysers.
seacap techological advantages
Seacap uses direct-drive azymutal switched reluctance linear generators, instead of conventional rotary machines.
This innovation change is more effecient, with easier maintenance due to having less parts involved and increases return on investment
large deck for dry
electrical & utility equipment
The upper deck of Seacap is used to accomodate utility equipment for the control command and electrical conversion blocks.
It also facilitate intervention for maintenance or survey of the equipment.
As important, it is used to accomodate various industrial equipment such as hydrolysers and compressors to generate clean hydrogen.
The floater’s shape has been studied to improve the energy force captured.
It is easy to build like other modules of the steel structure by any shipyard around the world and at low cost.
The floater may also be built economically in concrete for large series (fields)
transportation from workshop
The platform is floatted to site with service boats.
On location it will be lowered to the seabed.
After installation the floater will be fitted around the pile and the linear generators connected.
(ref. UF DK)
The bucket, or suction, foundation is installed into the seabed. It allows Seacap towers to be easily installed or removed or even repositionned at low cost.
Impact on the ocean floor is therefore reduced (no drilling, beating or heavy concrete base needed).
Also, this process is reversible, so the tower can eventually be repositionned at another location and, in any event, removed at any time when necessary or in the end for recycling..
reduced visual impact
The visual impact of Seacap is reduced compared to giant offshore wind turbines.
In most cases and depending on necessary airgap, it does not emerge more than 20m above sea level and is hardly visible from shore.
Due to its innovative bucket foundation, it may also be easily relocated