eading wave energy company Seatricity is to develop a 10MW array over the next two years at Wave Hub, the offshore renewable energy test facility in Cornwall.UK based Seatricity plans to deploy its second generation device at Wave Hub next year before building out to a full scale grid-connected array in 2015.
Our first generation Oceanus 1 device has undergone extensive and successful sea trials in Scotland and we are ready to make the next step to Wave Hub. The technology is scalable so once we complete our testing next year we hope to move quickly to a full array. Wave Hub gives us the essential grid capacity to do that and we look forward to working with the team in Hayle and the extensive local supply chain in Cornwall.
Peter Mitchell, Seatricity Managing Director
Seatricity is intending to build its next generation Oceanus 2 device in Cornwall and use the local supply chain to support its marine operations. The company will also be locating its custom-built work boat Ocean Enterprise in Wave Hub’s home port of Hayle shortly.
Wave Hub was designed in response to industry demand for full scale array testing so we are delighted that Seatricity has recognised the advantage of demonstrating their technology at Wave Hub and signed a commitment agreement to take one of our four berths. We look forward to assisting them with their first deployment in the summer
Claire Gibson, Wave Hub Managing Director
Seatricity’s patented Oceanus technology involves an aluminium float that travels up and down with the waves and operates a pump to pressurise sea water to drive a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity. The floats are tethered to blocks on the seabed and the pumps are linked together to generate substantial amounts of highly pressurised water.
10MW of electricity generated from the waves off Hayle will be sufficient to power up to 10,000 homes.
Today’s announcement follows confirmation of the UK Government’s commitment to offshore renewables. Energy Secretary Ed Davey has confirmed that subsidy levels for wave energy will be unchanged from this summer’s draft proposals.
The UK is one of the leading nations in the development of marine energy with around a quarter of the world’s wave and tidal technologies developed here in the UK. So it is good news that forward-thinking companies like Seatricity are continuing to develop the newest, most effective technologies. Thanks to our investment of more than £13 million in the Wave Hub facility they and others can test their products right here in this country.
Michael Fallon, Business and Energy Minister
I am absolutely delighted with the proposed investment by Seatricity at Wave Hub, especially so given that the devices will be built in Cornwall. Cornwall is incredibly well placed to become a national and world leader in marine renewable technology, and this investment signifies an important step on the road to achieving that goal.
Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture
If we want to transform our economy we have to take some risks and the Convergence investment in Wave Hub was a risk but it was clearly one worth taking because it is a project that is starting to come to fruition. We see expertise in marine energy as being an important part of the future economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and something that we can export around the world. The announcement from Seatricity is excellent news for the continued development of the sector and we look forward to welcoming them to Cornwall.
Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP