U.K. utility orders Pelamis wave unit for Orkney testing

United Kingdom utility E.ON UK has ordered a 750-kW Pelamis P-2 wave energy generator from Pelamis Wave Power Ltd. for installation and testing off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Pelamis, a Scotland-based wave energy developer, said it would build the unit at its new facility at Leith Docks in Edinburgh and participate in installation and testing at the European Marine Energy Center at Orkney. (HNN 2/2/09)

Pelamis said it will be the first testing of the 180-meter-long P-2 unit, which is 50 meters longer than the P-1 wave generator. Pelamis technology utilizes steel “sea-snakes” that are moored to the seabed to harness wave action for power generation. (HNN 11/12/08)

Additionally, Pelamis said E.ON UK, a British subsidiary of E.ON of Germany, will be the first major utility to order a wave energy converter for installation in the U.K. (HNN 3/22/07)

E.ON said the wave device is to be fully operational in 2010. It said the first year is to be an extended commissioning period, with the next two years planned to test and improve the device’s working capabilities.

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