Oyster wave machine given approval in Scotland

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has given consent for two wave power devices to be linked to the National Grid. Once connected, the machines will supply enough electricity to power […]

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By Tom Gibson

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has given consent for two wave power devices to be linked to the National Grid. Once connected, the machines will supply enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes.

The Oyster wave energy converter, made by Aquamarine, is a wave-powered pump which pushes high pressure water to drive an onshore hydro-electric turbine. The two devices, each with a capacity of 800KW, will be added to an existing device at the European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney.

Energy Minster Fergus Ewing said: “Should the demonstrator be successful the technology being developed here will power hundreds of thousands more homes in futureā€¦ Scotland is in the midst of a renewables revolution and it is innovation and creativity such as that behind the Oyster device which will help us meet our ambitious renewable electricity targets and help us reindustrialise Scotland.”