Cornwall attracts Finnish wave power test

Finnish energy company Fortum is testing its wave power technology in Cornwall. Today it announced a deal with the UK-based Wave Hub which has testing sites 16km off the Cornish […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Finnish energy company Fortum is testing its wave power technology in Cornwall.

Today it announced a deal with the UK-based Wave Hub which has testing sites 16km off the Cornish coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

They picked the site to trial wave power converters in “favourable ocean conditions”.

Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer Heli Antila said: “One wave power solution that we are currently evaluating to be deployed at the site is the ‘Penguin’, developed by Finnish wave power company Wello.”

She added: “This technique comprises vessels that float on the water and capture kinetic energy, which is then turned into electrical power, with minimal anchoring attached to the bottom.”