8 February 2017 

American wave energy developer, GWave has announced its plans for a 9MW wave energy project to be deployed at Wave Hub, Cornwall. 

GWave, based in Portland, Maine, USA has spent the past decade developing its Power Generation Vessel (PGV) technology, an innovative wave energy device of a scale that is unprecedented, and is preparing to bring the first full-scale vessel across the Atlantic for installation at the Wave Hub site in Cornwall. GWave chose Wave Hub in recognition of the strong wave resource, infrastructure, and industry experience available there. Over recent months GWave has engaged with the south west and wider UK supply chain, including Falmouth based Mojo Maritime, A&P and Northumberland based Tension Technologies International.

GWave and its partners are now conducting detailed tests of the mooring system at the world-leading Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory at Plymouth University.

Robert Stoddard, GWave's CEO said “our project launch at Cornwall's Wave Hub facility will be a critical step in GWave's program to bring to market cheap, clean electricity from the ocean. Wave Hub was our clear first choice for the full-scale demonstration because of the world-class facility and staff at Wave Hub as well as the deep maritime expertise and experience of South West businesses.”

Claire Gibson, Wave Hub’s Managing Director said “Today's announcement lifts the lid on a well-kept secret. GWave's wave device is exceptional and we are excited by the prospect of it being demonstrated at Wave Hub in Cornwall. ‎ We look forward to working with them ‎to achieve what will be a major milestone for the ‎industry.”

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle said “Attracting GWave to Cornwall highlights a long term commitment to this sector, and I am excited about what this project will achieve in terms of tapping the ocean energy reserves off the coast of Cornwall to provide cheap, clean power to the UK."

Johnny Gowdy, director, Regen said "Two things really stand out about the Gwave project. Firstly it has been financed entirely by the private sector and is supported by a very strategically focused investor. Secondly, with a massive 9 MW capacity, the GWave generator is bigger than the largest offshore wind turbine. It could therefore open the possibility of large scale wave energy at a price that could compete with the cheapest low carbon technologies."

Stuart Stripling, Hydrodynamic facility manager, COAST, said “A sustainable future is one that will draw upon the benefits of renewable energy.    COAST is pleased to be instrumental in GWave's de-risking process as it journeys towards the open sea and deployment at Wave Hub.”  

Sandra Rothwell, chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “GWave has chosen Cornwall because we have world class assets and skills when it comes to marine energy. Our marine tech sector is an area of global competitive advantage that can deliver skilled jobs and sustained growth. That’s why it’s a priority for LEP support.” 

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy said: “Cornwall Council is delighted to welcome GWave to Cornwall.  This is an exciting project in so many ways, in terms of its scale, its ambition and potential to change our understanding of the contribution that wave energy can make to a low carbon economy.  This is a further endorsement of our belief that Cornwall can be a global centre for research, technology development and expertise and the location of choice for businesses engaged in the development, deployment and operation of wave and floating wind technologies.  These new technologies and new industries have tremendous potential to create jobs in Cornwall based upon our existing skills and expertise and we are committed to creating the right environment for the marine energy sector to grow and flourish. “

GWave will be taking part in the Marine Hub Cornwall stand at Renewable UK Wave and Tidal, London on 23 February.

-NOTES TO EDITORS-

To arrange an interview with GWave please contact Kerry Hayes, UK  project manager on 07967 437924 or Helen Wilson- Prowse, Wave Hub on 01736800290.

About GWave

GWave is an American wave energy developer, who over the past decade, has developed an entirely novel and patented ocean energy technology, the PGV. GWave has entered into a commitment with Wave Hub in Cornwall, the world’s most technologically developed wave energy test site. GWave sees a direct path from a demonstration project at Wave Hub to installing utility scale deployments of generation capacity, tapping the ocean energy reserves off the UK’s coast to provide cheap, clean power to the country and to strengthen its core maritime industry

About Wave Hub

Wave Hub is the world's largest and most technologically advanced site for the testing and development of offshore renewable energy technology.

Located in the UK 16km offshore from Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall, in eastern extremes of the Atlantic Ocean, the Wave Hub site offers infrastructure for the grid connected testing of wave energy devices in real sea conditions.

Find out more: http://www.wavehub.co.uk/

About COAST

Housed in the new Marine Building at Plymouth University, the Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and wind. The facility is closely aligned with the COAST Engineering Research Group.

Find out more: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/marine-institute/coast-laboratory