Orkney, UK [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Aquamarine Power has chosen Fugro Seacore, to install its Oyster Wave Energy Converter. The result of a competitive bidding process, the contract, which is worth approximately £2 million [US $2.94 million], calls for will the Oyster system to be installed on the seabed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney during summer of this year with completion scheduled for the fall.
This news follows the announcement of Aquamarine’s first development agreement with Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), which is aimed at developing sites capable of hosting 1,000 megawatts (MW) of marine energy by 2020.
“This is an important time for Aquamarine Power. We are installing a full scale demonstrator of our Oyster wave device. The device works – it has been tested in the wave tanks and we have completed full scale on-shore testing. This is our baby – we want it to be installed and we want it to be installed correctly and carefully and we need a world class contractor to do that – that is why we have chosen Fugro Seacore,” said Martin McAdam, CEO of Aquamarine.
To learn more about the Oyster technology and it’s development, check out Queen’s University Energy Partnership Makes Waves for UK, a feature story that RenewableEnergyWorld.com ran in February.