Scotland government approves 4-MW Siadar Wave plant

The Scottish Government granted consent January 22 for development of the 4-MW Siadar Wave Energy Project (SWEP) on Lewis Island in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland.

Npower renewables, a United Kingdom subsidiary of RWE Innogy, is to operate the plant with wave energy developer Wavegen, a Scottish subsidiary of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation. (HNN 6/13/08)

�Wavegen’s proven technology will now be employed at full commercial scale, paving the way for real cost efficiencies, which will bring the cost of wave energy closer to that of more established technologies,� Wavegen Chief Executive Officer Matthew Seed said.

Npower submitted a planning application in April 2008, intending for SWEP to be among the first projects to operate under the Scottish government’s Marine Supply Obligation, established to promote the development of marine energy projects.

The project, in Siadar Bay, is to use technology based on Wavegen’s 500-kW Limpet (Land Installed Marine Powered Energy Transformer) plant on the island of Islay. (HNN 8/8/08) Operating since 2000, Limpet uses oscillating water column technology and was the first grid-connected OWC plant operating under commercial conditions.

SWEP is to be installed in a new breakwater, which would house the Wavegen turbines and provide a shelter and harbor facility for small craft.

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