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24 Mar 2009 05:03:21

Wave firm appoints company to install device

Wave firm appoints company to install device
A wave power firm that has signed a development agreement with Airtricity has announced the appointment of a geotechnical drilling firm to install its renewable energy device.

Aquamarine, developer of the Oyster Wave Energy Converter, has signed a deal worth about £2 million with Fugro Seacor to install its demonstration model at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

Martin McAdam, chief executive of Aquamarine said: "This is an important time for Aquamarine Power. We are installing a full scale demonstrator of our Oyster wave device."

According to the company, the equipment, which looks like a hinged flap connected to a base moored on the seabed, has the capacity to generate up to 600 kilowatts of electricity.

The upright flap is moved by the waves, operating a pump that sends high pressure water to a hydroelectric plant onshore.

An array of the devices could generate up to 21 megawatts (MW) with a single onshore facility.

The company recently signed a development agreement with Scottish and Southern Electricity's renewable division Airtricity to develop sites capable of hosting 1,000MW of marine energy by 2020.



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