EMEC seeks Pelamis feedback
The P2-002 is a 750 kilowatt (kW) wave energy converter, developed by Pelamis Wave Power, and tested at EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site in Orkney by ScottishPower Renewables from 2012-2014.
The device comprises five sections connected by hydraulic rams and is currently based at Lyness on the island of Hoy. Measuring 180 metres in length, and four metres in diameter, it weighs approximately 1350 tonnes.
EMEC recently acquired the P2-002 from ScottishPower Renewables, which had been developing the technology prior to Pelamis Wave Power going into administration in 2014.
The test centre is exploring options around using the P2 device as a test rig, envisioning that it could be used for testing materials, components, or for other open-sea trials.
Neil Kermode, managing director at EMEC, 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 who own 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.”
Barry Carruthers, strategic innovation manager at Scottish Power Renewables, added:
“With EMEC's full-scale testing platform and the momentum created by Wave Energy Scotland, 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."