Hydropower

Deployment of Oyster Wave Energy System Underway at EMEC

Aquamarine Power moved another step closer to deploying the UK’s first near-shore wave energy converter, a 500-kilowatt capacity device called the Oyster. The company said that it has completed the first phase of deployment at the European Marine Energy Center.

In a carefully planned operation, the 194-tonne full scale device was lowered onto its seabed subframe and bolted in place. The next step will be to connect the Oyster to sub-sea pipelines which will deliver high pressure fresh water to an onshore turbine ahead of grid connection and sea trials later this year.

Oyster is designed to capture the energy found in nearshore waves up to depths of 10 to 12 metres. A commercial farm of just 20 devices (10MW) could provide clean renewable energy to a town of 6,500 homes.

Generating electricity…will be the ultimate test, and we are confident we will deliver power to the national grid by the end of the year,” said Martin McAdam, CEO of Aquamarine Power.

To get a status update on some of the other marine renewable energy technologies, check out the latest Inside Renewable Energy Podcast, Assesing the Progress of Ocean Energy Techologies.