WaveGen Unit Begins Operations

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation has begun operating a 100-kilowatt (kW) Wavegen Limpet turbine off the coast of Islay in Scotland. The turbine is installed in Wavegen’s Limpet facility on the island and is the prototype for the Siadar Wave Energy Project (SWEP).

The project is under development by npower renewables, RWE Innogy’s UK operating company, on Scotland’s largest island, the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Integrated into a breakwater scheme, when completed, this plant would harness power from the Atlantic waves in Siadar Bay to generate up to 4 megawatts of electricity. Once plans are given the go ahead by the Scottish Government, building work could start as early as 2009. Voith Siemens Hydro, Wavegen owners, developed the turbine project with support from the Scottish government’s Wave and Tidal Energy Support (WATES) scheme.

“With this new turbine Wavegen has extended the range of application for wave energy plants to include more energetic and hence more economically attractive environments. I am confident the reliability demonstrated in other proven turbines will be continued in this 100 kW turbine,” said Dr. Roland Muench, CEO of Voith Siemens Hydro

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