Hydropower

Wave Hub Names Fourth Developer for Wave Energy Farm

Australia-based Oceanlinx Limited has been chosen as the fourth developer for the GBP 28 million [US$55.4 million] Wave Hub project off the coast of Cornwall in South West England. The large-scale wave energy farm is being developed by the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA).

Oceanlinx will deploy its deploy its wave-energy converter, which combines the established science of the Oscillating Water Column with its own patented turbine technology. The ten-year old company is also pursuing wave energy projects in North America, Mexico, South Africa and Hawaii. Wave Hub will be Oceanlinx’s first installation in Europe. Oceanlinx joins three other wave device developers that have already been selected to use Wave Hub to deploy their wave energy devices. The other three developers are Ocean Power Technologies Limited, Fred Olsen Limited and WestWave, a consortium of E.On and Ocean Prospect Limited, using the Pelamis technology of Ocean Power Delivery Ltd. Each will be granted a lease of a sea area of two square kilometers. A sub-sea transformer will be provided with capacity to deliver up to a total of 20 megawatts (MW) of power into the local distribution network. “South West England has one of the best wave climates in Europe. We are delighted that the South West RDA has given us an opportunity to showcase the efficiency and reliability of our power generation technology in a commercial scale project here in the UK. It is a very significant development for Oceanlinx,” said Oceanlinx Chief Executive Tom Engelsman. Last month the South West RDA announced that it had approved GBP 21.5 million [US$42.5 million] of funding to construct Wave Hub, subject to UK Government and EU approval. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has committed GBP 4.5 million [US$8.9 million] to the project. It is expected that the Wave Hub, which could generate GBP 76 million [US$150 million] over 25 years for the regional economy, would be operational by the summer of 2008.