Fife firm AJS Production has begun work on the fabrication of a 20-metre long wave energy prototype, designed by Edinburgh start-up Mocean Energy.
The half-scale device, called Blue Star, will be deployed in Orkney this autumn and will undergo sea trials prior to generating first power later in 2020.
Mocean Energy Managing Director Cameron McNatt, said: “The UK oil and gas sector is exploring ways to decarbonise their operations and this technology has a range of uses in powering subsea technology. Our Blue Star design has undergone rigorous numerical modelling and tank testing at the world leading wave tank at Nantes and it is very exciting to see it taking shape in steel in advance of sea trials.”
In February, Mocean Energy announced a pilot project with oil major Chrysaor and subsea specialists EC-OG and Modus to study the potential to use the Blue Star prototype to power a subsea battery and a remote underwater vehicle at the Orkney site.