Power firms ride the waves together

Big Six company ScottishPower has taken a new wave power device out to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to begin tests. The company are joined by E.ON who […]

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By Tom Gibson

Big Six company ScottishPower has taken a new wave power device out to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to begin tests. The company are joined by E.ON who are also testing a similar device at the centre.

The new P2 Pelamis device, which is 180m long, converts the motion of waves into electricity via hydraulic cylinders. The power generated is then fed back to shore using an undersea cable. The P2 is the second-generation machine developed by Pelamis Wave Power and can generate 750kW of electricity- enough power to supply approximately 500 homes.

ScottishPower are working with E.ON, who have a similar device already installed in Orkney. The two companies say the collaborative approach will help the industry in the long run.

Alan Mortimer, head of policy at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “The waters around Scotland have excellent potential to generate a substantial amount of electricity, both from wave and from tidal power. We are now at a crucial stage in realising this potential.”