Waves of encouragement for Seatricity
UK-based Seatricity Ltd says its new Oceanus 2 Wave Energy programme has recorded “highly encouraging early data” in moderate waves off the north Cornish coast, ahead of its winter refurbishment programme.
Completed back in July, the company’s Oceanus 2 is a wave energy converting device – a 10m diameter floating ring made from marine grade aluminium.
After being deployed for testing at Wave Hub, the offshore renewable energy test facility 10 miles off the coast of Hayle, is currently being serviced and improved further in Falmouth and will return to Wave Hub in January 2015.
Testing will then continue in advance of full deployment of a 10MW array expected in 2016, which Seatricity says will bring much-needed economic, employment and other investment benefits to Cornwall and the South West, with little or none of the environmental, aesthetic or other impacts of alternative renewable energy options.
Elsewhere, the company has recruited Andy Bristow as strategy director to harness the public and private investment and consensus necessary to upscale from the encouraging early trial results to a fully-fledged and commercially profitable array.
By Rachael Doyle
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