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WAVE DRAGON: Sea testing and optimisation of power production on a scale 1:4.5 test rig of the offshore wave energy converter (energy

Illustration: Press event at sea

WAVE DRAGON involves long-term field-testing of an offshore wave energy converter supplying Denmark’s national grid. The power of the quarter-scale prototype corresponds to a 4 to 10 MW full-scale system. It is the world's first grid-connected converter of its kind, although plans to build and deploy power production units elsewhere in the EU are already under way. The project has established a good website and focused much of its communications efforts on the media, mainly through involvement in various events – from initial launch of the prototype at sea to recent participation in a Commission-organised press conference at the ‘Solar platform’ test site in Almeria (Spain).

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Key communications lessons:

  • When talking to journalists, it is essential to have a clearly defined issue or achievement to present
  • A special action is important to attract media coverage – launch of the wave turbine into the sea was exciting; turning on power to the Danish grid less so.
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