U.K.’s Aquamarine names constructor to install wave unit at Orkney

Scotland-based wave and tidal power developer Aquamarine Power Ltd. has named marine constructor Fugro Seacore to install its Oyster wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) at Orkney, Scotland.

Aquamarine said the 2 million pound (US$2.9 million) contract was awarded to the geotechnical drilling and marine construction contractor after a competitive tender process.

Fugro Seacore is to install the wave energy generator on the seabed at the EMEC testing site during summer 2009, with completion planned in the fall.

�The device works — it has been tested in the wave tanks and we have completed full-scale on-shore testing,� Aquamarine Chief Executive Martin McAdam said. �This is our baby — we want it to be installed and we want it to be installed correctly and carefully. We need a world-class contractor to do that. That is why we have chosen Fugro Seacore.�

The Oyster unit is designed to capture energy from amplified surge forces in near-shore waves. The system includes an oscillating wave surge converter, or pump, fitted with double-acting water pistons. Each passing wave activates the pump, delivering high-pressure water by pipeline to shore where it powers conventional hydroelectric generators.

Aquamarine previously named power and automation supplier ABB to complete electrical engineering design and to construct the electrical generating system for Aquamarine’s first Neptune tidal stream device at EMEC. (HNN 1/13/09)

Aquamarine, an affiliate of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), and renewable energy developer Airtricity, a division of SSE, recently agreed to form a joint venture to develop 1,000 MW of wave and tidal energy sites in the British Isles by 2020. (HNN 2/24/09)

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