Russia has been interested in developing offshore wind. It will also now count on its willingness to develop systems of exploitation of energy from waves and currents. The FWEPS (Float Wave Electric Power Station) is a recovery of wave energy developed by the company ATC from a principle of oscillating system. FWEPS Each comes in the form of an oblong capsule partially submerged. Inside the capsule is the wave energy converter itself consists of a system oscillating, a drive mechanism, an electrical generator and an accumulator. Depending on the characteristics of future power projects in Russia where it will be included, FWEPS can be used either as a single module, with a modest power of 50 kilowatts, or in multi-modular facilities larger (tens or hundreds of MW) networked. In developing this technology, unique features have been taken into account which include operation at very different depths, at speeds and intensities of the waves vary with complex flow directions, with periods of year varied.
According to the manufacturer ATC, one module can be a source of energy supply for ships at sea, the radio beacons and weather, navigation systems and communications, and other emergency equipment and support of individual survival at sea The multi-modular can be used for energy supply of some small coastal towns, or offshore oil platforms. The maximum configuration with a capacity of 10MW.
The Russian company developing this technology ATC was established in 1991 to act in R&D but also in the design of radically new technologies and processes. It is headed by Alexander Temeev who has been classified by International Biographical Centre of Cambridge (UK) among the thousands of top researchers in the world. The FWEPS is listed in the database of the U.S. Department of Energy.