Orkney, Scotland Energy companies ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON announced that they have joined forces to trial two Pelamis wave power machines off Orkney.
The first of the devices is currently being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, having been launched by E.ON in May.
The second machine, which will be built for ScottishPower Renewables, will be installed alongside the E.ON device next year. The two companies will use the information gathered from the trials to look at larger, more commercial schemes.
Amaan Lafayette, marine energy manager at E.ON, said: “If we’re to bring marine energy to the market, then it’s absolutely vital that we take a collaborative approach to ensure this technology is able to fulfil its potential and contribute significantly to the UK’s renewable future. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with ScottishPower Renewables on this important project which will give us, and the industry, vital information about how best to use these technologies going forward.”
E.ON successfully won two 50-MW tidal sites off the coast of Orkney as part of the Crown Estate’s recent round 1 marine leasing program.
Both of the machines installed at EMEC will be 750-kW Pelamis P2 devices. The P2 is the first second generation wave energy device to be tested.