The Penguin will be deployed at the Wave Hub site later this year as part of the CEFOW Project (Clean Energy from Ocean Waves). A further two devices will be manufactured and deployed to complete a wave energy array.
Wello Oy's wave energy convertor departed Kirkwall Hatston Quay in Orkney bound for Falmouth on the evening of the 11th January 2016 to prepare for installation at Wave Hub's offshore test site in the summer. Due to careful planning and having an excellent weather window for the passage, the tow was completed successfully within 8 days from departure to arriving safely in Falmouth.
The Penguin device, which is a simple and durable design with no external moving parts, has an exceptionally good capability to convert wave movement into power. The power generation is based on converting the movement of the waves to rotational kinetic movement inside the device by using the asymmetric shape of the hull.
We are excited to start working with Falmouth Dockyard to prepare the device for a long term deployment at Wave Hub. I am confident that with help of the other CEFOW partners and local supply chain we will deploy on schedule and start generating power.
Fortum Corporation, a multi-national energy utility, lead the CEFOW project and is supported by a range of project partners with a vast amount of expertise in offshore renewable energy.
During the autumn and winter of 2015, the CEFOW project team has been working hard to design cost efficient and safe mooring designs and the electrical connection for the Wave Hub site. We are on track to get everything ready so that the Penguin will be grid connected at Wave Hub in summer 2016 as planned. Even though we have still plenty to do before all the three devices are deployed at Wave Hub, I am very pleased to see the first device arriving safely at Falmouth.
Other project partners are Mojo Maritime Ltd, Uppsala University, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter.
The European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 granted €17 million of the project’s total €24.5 million budget.