Wave Energy for a Sustainable Archipelago

Thematic cluster:
Green energy
Archipelago and Islands Sub-programme
1. Safe and healthy environment
Direction of support:
Sustainable infrastructure
May 2011 - Dec 2013 (2 years, 8 months)
Total funding:
1 463 780 €
ERDF funding:
1 097 830 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Exploiting the full potential of the region in research and innovation
Improving the access to, and the efficiency and security of the energy markets

Development idea

Wave energy has potential as a truly renewable, sustainable energy source in the Central Baltic region. The technology has been developed over the last decade and has been successfully tested for several years on the west coast of Sweden. However, no systematic design or test of the system in temporally icy conditions has been conducted. In order to qualify the technology for the Central Baltic region, such systematic developments were required.

Aim of the project

The WESA project has optimised an existing wave power system for operation in occasionally icy environments such as the Central Baltic region.

Main project activities

To investigate how to use wave power and to see the potential for its development, the project carried out a survey to see what can be adapted. A wave power system design optimised for use in occasionally icy regions has been developed. WESA has also verified and demonstrated how the wave power system can be operated in the region. Basic knowledge about the potential of wave power in the Central Baltic region through the project website and by means of seminars was systematically raised throughout the project.


Uppsala University, Dept. of Engineering Sciences

ERDF funding:
752 887 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
250 963 €

University of Turku

ERDF funding:
197 700 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
65 900 €

Ålands Teknikkluster r.f.

ERDF funding:
147 246 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
49 082 €


Environmental inventory report on the ecological impacts of a wave energy converter in Hammarudda, Åland Islands

A preliminary assessment of the first year of operation for the wave energy converter.

Ecological impacts of a wave energy converter in Hammarudda, Åland Islands ENG

Report on utilization of wave power in the Baltic Sea Region

The report discusses different renewable energy sources but focuses in wave energy, and especially its potential in the Baltic Sea region.

The report also presents a global view on ideas of energy use and demand as well as the role of the European Union in energy issues.

Utilization of Wave Power in the Baltic Sea Region ENG