£1.4m project from The Energy Technologies Institute to develop cost-effective wave energy generation
Pelamis Wave Power has been awarded a £1.4 million project from The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) with the aim of accelerating development of cost-effective wave energy generation.
The funding will support the first phase of work in 2013 ahead of a larger demonstration programme if the results prove encouraging.
In this first phase, Pelamis will pursue “a number of technology innovations” with the aim of driving down the cost of wave energy to a level equivalent to other more mature low carbon technologies.
Once the first phase of work is complete, the project “may” then receive further funding to undertake a two-year development and demonstration phase, which will push the most promising innovations towards commercial readiness, and demonstrate the enhanced Pelamis system in the offshore environment.
Pelamis' wave energy convertor was the world's first commercial-scale offshore wave energy machine and the first to deliver electricity from offshore wave power to the national grid.
Gregory Barker, minister of state at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, made the funding announcement at today’s Renewable UK Wave & Tidal Conference in London.
He said: “The UK, with its world class natural resource and outstanding technical know-how, is already leading the way on marine power for the rest of the world to follow, and I want to ensure we stay top of this table.
“Today’s launch of a £1.4million Pelamis Wave Power project commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute will enable even more marine devices to be tested out at sea, helping us take one vital step closer to realising our ambitions for this exciting sector.”
The £1.4m ETI commissioned and funded project will support the development of Pelamis Wave Power’s current design of offshore wave energy converters which use wave motion to generate electricity.
Pelamis was selected as project partner following an open call from ETI in September 2011 for wave power technology developers with the experience and expertise to demonstrate a step-change in cost improvements.
Richard Yemm, commercial director at Pelamis, said: “This wave power demonstration project will play a pivotal role in enabling the UK wave energy industry to prove its potential to be a major contributor in the UK’s future energy mix.
“The pedigree and track record of the Pelamis technology provides an excellent foundation for this comprehensive and informed study.
“The Pelamis team has been working with utility customers since 2005 to develop and prove the cornerstones of early commercial arrays.
“The ETI project will enable us to accelerate our technology and commercialisation programme to underpin investment in demonstration at commercial scale.
“The project will also define a clear and efficient route to cost convergence of the sector with other low carbon technologies. It will also give us the chance to look further ahead and will provide new and exciting insight into even more advanced Pelamis machines of the future.”
Pelamis chief executive Per Hornung Pedersen added: “Pelamis Wave Power has a 15-year track record leading the wave power industry.
“With two utility owned Pelamis P2 machines currently undergoing a unique joint testing programme in Orkney and 170MW of wave farm sites using Pelamis technology actively under development, the awarding of this ETI project is further endorsement that Pelamis is the most advanced and commercially robust technology in the wave power market.”