The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.

Oyster Wave Energy Converter Begins Producing Power

Queen's University Belfast earlier this month launched the Oyster wave energy converter, the world's largest working wave-energy system, in Scotland's Orkney Islands.

Since the launch, the university said the device, a 194-ton converter bolted to the ocean floor at the European Marine Energy Center, is now producing power by pumping high-pressure water to its onshore hydroelectric turbine.

Developed by Aquamarine Power Ltd., the Oyster unit is designed to capture energy from near-shore waves. The system includes an oscillating pump fitted with double-acting water pistons. Each wave activates the pump, delivering high-pressure water by pipeline to an onshore turbine that generates electricity.

All electrical components of Oyster are onshore, making it durable enough to withstand rough seas.

A farm of 20 Oysters would provide enough energy to power 9,000 three-bedroom family homes, said Trevor Whittaker, a professor at Queen’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.

“The concept of Oyster came about through research in our wave-tank facility at Queen’s,” Whittaker said. “The launch of Oyster is both a major landmark in terms of carbon-free sustainable energy production and a proud day for Queen’s University Belfast.”

Aquamarine said it recently raised 10 million pounds (US$16.2 million) for further development of its Oyster technology. (HydroWorld 9/23/09)

“Devices such as these have the power to revolutionize the world’s energy industry and help combat climate change,” Whittaker said. (From HydroWorld.com)

RELATED ARTICLES

Renewable energy jobs

Global Renewable Energy Employment Surges 18 Percent to 7.7 Million

Andrew Burger, Correspondent Ongoing growth in renewable energy investment and deployment is creating jobs worldwide — and lots of them. This job growth is helping governments address a fundamental economic problem plaguing developed and developing cou...
Canadian Climate Goals

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Danielle Droitsch, NRDC Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut by 2050 they committed to in...
Renewable Energy Stocks

What Drives Alternative Energy Stocks?

Harris Roen, The Roen Financial Report Alternative energy became a serious market player after the turn of the millennium. Since that time, solar, wind, smart grid and other alternative energy stocks have experienced both strong up and down trends. The forces at...
UK Parliament Clean Energy Leaders

UK Government Names Clean Energy Cabinet Members

David Appleyard, Contributing Editor With the UK general election now over and a majority Conservative Party government in place, the re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has now named key members of the government charged with steering the UK’s clean energ...

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

Volume 18, Issue 3
1505REW_C11

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Energy Storage USA 2015

Energy Storage USA is the leading conference in the United States focuse...

Microhydro System Design and Installation Workshop

Participants will learn about: site assessment techniques including the ...

HydroVision International 2015

New technologies and services are key to addressing – and implementing s...

COMPANY BLOGS

Environmentally friendly solutions for projects

geoAMPS joins the celebration of the worldwide observance of Earth Day o...

US Energy Grid Review Finds Needed Upgrades Would Allow More Solar,...

Yesterday (April 21) the U.S. Department of Energy released the first Qu...

Clean Energy Patents Rise in 2014, Solar Tops others, Toyota and GM...

U.S. patents for Clean Energy technologies in 2014 were again at an all ...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS