West Wave at Wave Hub
We are withdrawing from Wave Hub project to focus on Pelamis device test
On Wednesday 29 April 2009 we announced that we are to withdraw from developing a wave energy project at Wave Hub to focus whole-heartedly on our Pelamis device test in Orkney.
Wave Hub is being developed by the South West Regional Development Agency. It is effectively an underwater "socket" providing the necessary infrastructure for connecting up to 4 wave energy projects to the electricity grid via a substation at Hayle.
E.ON with partner Ocean Prospect were developing West Wave, which would utilise Pelamis Wave Power’s wave energy converter.
After we purchased a next generation Pelamis device which will be installed and tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year, we’ve decided to withdraw from Wave Hub for the time being.
Dave Rogers, Regional Director of Renewables, said: “Our aim is to concentrate on testing our Pelamis device, which means that it was unlikely we’d be in a position to connect to Wave Hub in the short term.
“We still believe Wave Hub is an excellent project – and we may well return to it in the future – but our initial goal is to get a machine into the water as quickly as possible, which we’ll be able to do in Orkney.”
Nick Harington, Head of Marine Energy at the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency), which is developing Wave Hub, said: “It’s entirely understandable that E.ON wants to test a single next generation device at the European Marine Energy Centre rather than an array of devices which is what wave hub is designed for. We wish them well and hope to welcome them back in the near future.”
“Wave Hub is on course to be built and commissioned next year. We are currently in detailed negotiations with three wave device developers and look forward to the first device being deployed at Wave Hub in 2011.”
The Pelamis trial at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney forms part of our renewable development portfolio in the UK that, if built, would be able to provide power for around a million homes and to displace two million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.