Laminaria set to test MHK device in Scotland

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has signed Flemish wave energy developer Laminaria to test its marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy device at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney, Scotland.

The cost of the device and the contract amount is not immediately available.

A press release from EMEC said, “The official signing took place Dec. 15, in Edinburgh, coinciding with a visit by the Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois.”

Laminaria’s technology is a surge operated attenuator that has a custom, built-in storm protection system to enhance its survivability, according to the release.

Scale sea trials are in progress in Belgium that will have an affect on how the full-scale device will be constructed prior to performance testing at EMEC in 2017.

Laminaria will be the first Belgian company to test at EMEC’s test sites.

“We have been pleased to welcome several visitors from the region of Flanders to EMEC recently, demonstrating an active interest in marine energy development for their impressive maritime community,” said EMEC Managing Director, Neil Kermode.


Laminaria CEO Steven Nauwelaerts (left) shakes hands with EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, as Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, looks on during a contract signing for Laminaria to test its MHK device at EMEC in 2017.

“We’re delighted to now announce Laminaria will be testing their Flemish wave energy converter at EMEC, and look forward to working with them, and seeing the technology further develop as they move from Ostend to Orkney.”

Ostend is the largest Belgian-coasted city and municipality, and it is located in the province of West-Flanders.

Laminaria has been gaining experience in Scotland for nearly 10 years.

“By combining the expertise built up in Scotland during the last decade and Laminaria’s novel approach, we can put wave energy on the road to success,” said Laminaria’s Chief Executive Officer Steven Nauwelaerts.

“The aim is to create a win-win situation by supplying the Scottish grid with clean reliable energy and creating employment in Flanders in the development and construction of the devices.”

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