Scottish wave energy prototype starts trials

Edinburgh-based Mocean Energy has commenced testing its Blue X wave energy prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

During early June, the 20 m long, 38-tonne wave machine was towed from Kirkwall to EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site where it has been successfully moored and commissioned for its initial sea trials.

During this summer, Blue X will be moved to EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will go through its paces in more rigorous full sea conditions.

The Blue X manufacture and testing programme is being supported by £3.3m ($5m) from Wave Energy Scotland (WES) through their Novel Wave Energy Converter programme.

Next year, Mocean Energy plans to connect the device to a subsea battery which will be used to power a remotely operated autonomous underwater vehicles as part of a £1.6m joint project with OGTC, Harbour Energy and subsea specialists EC-OG and Modus.

Mocean Energy managing director, Cameron McNatt said: “This is a very exciting moment as we put our first prototype to test at sea. In the days and weeks ahead, we will produce first power and prove how the Blue X machine operates in a variety of sea states.”

Andrew Cox

During the 1990s, Dr Andrew Cox was the editor of UK Coal Review and was a regular writer and commentator on the international coal trade and related infrastructure developments. Post-2000, he has been a freelance writer, CPD trainer and project consultant. He focuses on developments in the energy, chemicals, shipping and port sectors.
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