Norway wave sensor buoys chosen for U.K.’s Wave Hub site

The agency tasked with monitoring wave climate at the United Kingdom’s Wave Hub ocean energy testing site has ordered eight directional wave sensor buoys from Fugro Oceanor of Norway.

The agency, Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), ordered Fugro Oceanor Seawatch Mini II buoys to form the core of the instrumentation network for Wave Hub, the southwestern England electrical �socket� on the seabed that is to allow large-scale testing of ocean power generators. (HNN 5/14/07)

The buoys are to provide detailed coverage of the 2- by 4-kilometer deployment area. As part of an extensive system of oceanographic, meteorological, and environmental monitoring equipment, the buoy array is to constitute a world leading facility for wave energy research.

Fugro Oceanor said the buoys will be able to deliver synchronized live and continuous data streams to help wave energy generators optimize their output.

The South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA) has named four developers to install test equipment at Wave Hub: Oceanlinx Ltd., with Oscillating Water Column patented turbine technology; Ocean Prospect Ltd., with 10 Pelamis P750 devices developed by Ocean Power Delivery; Ocean Power Technologies, with a 5-MW project based on its PowerBuoy wave energy converter; and Fred. Olsen Ltd., with a number of floating buoys attached to a floating platform that converts wave energy to electricity.

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