WANTED: Bright sparks to create new ideas for use of scuppered Pelamis wave power machine

Pelamis P2-002 at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site
Pelamis P2-002 at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site

The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre is seeking ideas on future learning opportunities and R&D projects which may benefit from utilising the Pelamis P2-002 wave energy prototype.

The P2-002 is a 750kW wave energy converter, developed by Pelamis Wave Power, and tested at EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site by Scottish Power Renewables from 2012-2014.

EMEC recently acquired the P2-002 from Scottish Power Renewables which had been developing the technology prior to Pelamis Wave Power sinking into administration in 2014.

Neil Kermode, EMEC Managing Director, said: “A lot of learning and experience has already come out of the P2 development and testing programme, with a significant amount of data being analysed by Wave Energy Scotland which owns the other P2 device – the P2-001.

“While it’s unfortunate that Pelamis Wave Power is no longer operating, we want to see their legacy live on and I believe that there will be opportunities to use the P2 device within other R&D programmes.

“We have learnt in 13 years of running a test centre that nobody has perfect sight of all the ideas that are out there. Therefore we’re keen to hear from anyone with an idea on how to utilise the technology.”

The device comprises five sections connected by hydraulic rams. Measuring 180 metres long, and four metres in diameter, the device weighs approximately 1350 tonnes.

Currently anchored at Lyness in Orkney, EMEC is exploring options around using the P2 device as a test rig, envisioning that it could be used for testing materials, components, or other open-sea tests.

Barry Carruthers, Strategic Innovation Manager, Scottish Power Renewables, added:” Scotland remains the leader in supporting wave energy development. It is important to build on the investment and experience to date to support the next phase of the wave energy industry.

“EMEC is ideally placed to provide the expertise and experience required to help move wave power forward.”

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