Marine licence approved for first Wave Hub deployment

Marine licence approved for first Wave Hub deployment

January 8, 2013


OceanEnergy Ltd has been granted a three year marine licence for the deployment of the first wave energy device at Wave Hub.The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has granted consent to Cork-based OceanEnergy Ltd (OEL) to deploy its €9 million OE Buoy wave energy converter at Wave Hub, around 10 miles off the north coast of Cornwall in South West England.

Wave Hub expects the deployment of the one megawatt device to take place later this year. OEL is currently in discussions with local supply chain companies about support with fabrication and deployment, and hopes to operate from the newly refurbished North Quay in Hayle Harbour.

Claire Gibson, general manager at Wave Hub, which is the world’s largest grid-connected offshore marine energy test site, said: “We are delighted that OEL has been given the green light from the MMO to deploy the first wave energy device at Wave Hub and that the consent process has gone so smoothly. We look forward to assisting them with their deployment later this year.”

John McCarthy, chief executive and co-founder of OceanEnergy Ltd said: “Having completed successful trials of a scale device for over three years in Galway Bay we are delighted to be the first developer to be awarded a marine license to deploy at Wave Hub. This will enable us to proceed with our anchor trials at the Wave Hub site and test the proposed system prior to a full-scale deployment.”

A delegation from the MMO will be visiting Wave Hub and other marine energy facilities which make up the South West Marine Energy Park later this month.

Dr. Shaun Nicholson, Head of Offshore Licensing at the Marine Management Organisation said: “We are pleased to have granted the first licence at Wave Hub and look forward to learning more about future proposals for marine energy development in the South West during our visit.”

OEL is participating in this project with its technology partner Dresser-Rand, the largest service provider in the oil and gas industry. The OE Buoy weighs 650 tonnes, is 37.5 metres long, 18 metres wide and has a draft of 9.8 metres.

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Notes to Editors


1. Wave Hub consists of a giant ‘socket’ on the seabed connected to the national grid on shore by an underwater cable, into which wave energy devices can be ‘plugged’ and tested on a scale not seen anywhere before. The project has four berths available and a capacity of 20MW, equivalent to the electricity needs of more than 7,000 homes.
2. Wave Hub is publicly-owned by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which has set up a stand-alone operating company, Wave Hub Limited, based in Hayle,Cornwall, to manage the day-to-day operation of the testing facility on its behalf.
3. Wave Hub is a £30 million construction project funded with £16.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and £13.5 million from the UK Government.
4. Wave Hub is a partner in theSouthWestMarineEnergyPark.
5. Follow Wave Hub on Twitter @wavehub, or visit www.wavehub.co.uk
6. Ocean Energy Limited and Dresser-Rand have a Development and Supply Agreement to develop full-scale devices to produce commercial electricity. Dresser-Rand developed and patented the HydroAir™ turbine – a variable radius turbine that uses a combination of stainless steel, aluminium and reinforced composites to resist corrosion. The turbine is constructed to withstand the rigors of a marine environment, and demonstrates higher levels of efficiency when compared to existing impulse designs across a wide range of incident flows.
7. For more information about Ocean Energy, including videos of the OE Buoy in action, visit: www.oceanenergy.ie
8. The MMO is responsible for licensing offshore generating stations including wind farms, wave and tidal devices with a capacity between 1 and 100 megawatts. More information is available on the marine licensing section of the MMO website. Developers may also need to lease relevant areas of the seabed from The Crown Estate.

 
Wave Hub device in installation. (Image credit:Wave Hub)

Wave Hub device in installation. (Image credit:Wave Hub)

OceanEnergy Ltd device

OceanEnergy Ltd device