Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Big Guns Join Aquamarine Power

BAE Systems has joined forces with wave energy developer Aquamarine Power as part of a project worth almost £1 million to produce and develop energy from ocean waves.

UK’s Technology Strategy Board awarded a £450,000 grant, which the partners match-funded, to support a 30-month research, development and demonstration project to enable large-scale commercial production of Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave energy converter.

The device – a buoyant hinged flap – attaches to the seabed and moves backwards and forwards in the nearshore waves, pumping high pressure water onshore to drive a hydro-electric turbine, which then generates electricity for the National Grid.

Under the partnership, engineers at BAE Systems will work with Aquamarine Power to develop an intelligent diagnostic system and remote ballasting mechanism with the aim of driving down maintenance costs while maximizing energy production.

BAE is a defense company with more than 100,000 employees worldwide.  It has been involved in a number of initiatives to support the renewable energy sector, specifically in the wind farm industry to resolve issues about turbine disruption to radars. In 2009, the company reported sales of of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).