Green Marine installs Finnish wave power converter at Orkney marine energy centre

The Wello wave converter
The Wello wave converter

Finland’s Wello Oy’s wave energy converter has been successfully installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney as part of the Clean Energy from Ocean Waves project.

The Penguin converter was deployed at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney, over the weekend.

The installation was carried out by Green Marine, an Orkney based marine services provider, where Jason Schofield, Managing Director, oversaw the operations.

He said: “The successful installation of the Penguin at EMEC this weekend was due to careful planning and a close working relationship between Green Marine and Wello Oy,” he said.

“The operational planning by the Green Marine team, utilising the weather windows at this time of year, allowed for a seamless operation.”

Funded by the European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, clean energy from waves programme is a five-year project led by Fortum to develop and prove Wello’s Penguin in real-sea conditions.

Fortum – a multi-national energy utility – is responsible for coordinating the Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project at EMEC.

Mikko Muoniovaara, senior project manager at Fortum, added: “Deploying the Penguin in winter is an important milestone for us, providing valuable learning for both Fortum and Wello.

“Cost efficiency of operations and maintenance plays an important role in any renewables and Green Marine’s achievement shows that these operations can be done safely outside the summer season if needed.”

Meanwhile, Swedish tidal power company Minesto has raised 75m kroner to fund its ‘unique’ Deep Green tidal energy project at Holyhead Deep, off north Wales.

In May 2015, Minesto secured a €13 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh European Funding Office, for the commercial rollout of Deep Green, which claims to be  the only proven marine power plant that operates cost efficiently in low-velocity currents.

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