Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has launched a recruitment drive to support the next phase of developing their Oyster wave energy technology.
The Edinburgh firm, which is currently testing its Oyster 800 full-scale wave machine at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, is
“These are exciting times for our company,” says company Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam. “This summer we went through an extensive refit of our Oyster 800 machine which has yielded very positive results and we are now looking to further improve the machine’s reliability and durability.
“And to begin the design of our next-generation Oyster 801 we are seeking eight experienced engineers to join our core engineering, design and project team, together with an operations technician based in Orkney and a research fellow to work at company’s academic base in Queen’s University Belfast.
“To do this we need skilled, experienced engineers to join what is already a tremendously enthusiastic and talented team. We have made no secret of the challenges involved in making machines that can harness the enormous power in ocean waves, and what we need now are technically strong individuals who can bring experience from other fields to help us in our quest.
“Each job offers a genuine opportunity to make a difference and change forever the way our future energy is made,” McAdam concludes.
In addition to their test site at EMEC in Orkney, the Edinburgh firm has gained all consents to develop a 40MW wave farm off the Isles of Lewis, which would require up to 50 Oyster wave energy machines.
Aquamarine Power’s backers include electricity utility SSE and ABB, one of the world’s largest power and automation companies.