Orkney, Scotland [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Scottish Government granted ScottishPower planning permission for what the company says would be the world’s largest wave farm.
The announcement is a milestone for the $20.4 million project which will see four floating generators, designed to convert wave movement into electricity, positioned off the coast of the new facility’s sister site – the European Marine Test Centre also in Orkney.
Expected to be operating by 2008, the 160-metre Pelamis Devices (Sea Snakes), are anticipated to provide around 3 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
ScottishPower Renewables Managing Director, Keith Anderson, said: “With the first ever planning consent granted for a wave farm, this is a landmark day in the development of renewable energy in Scotland….If we as a nation are to realize our renewables potential, and achieve our challenging renewable targets of 6GW by 2020, then the UK and Scottish Governments must continue to provide real commitment in terms of infrastructure, investment and political leadership. Today is a great example of such commitment.”