New Wave Media

March 25, 2019

Penguin Wave Energy Converter Sinks

Wello Penguin WEC at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site (Credit Colin Keldie, courtesy of CEFOW)

Wello Penguin WEC at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site (Credit Colin Keldie, courtesy of CEFOW)

After a long deployment on March 22, the Penguin wave energy converter (WEC) prototype sank at EMEC Billia Croo test site, off the west coast of Orkney. This marks the end of first devices test period in the EU funded (CEFOW-project), which will continue with the new devices.

The prototype was launched in 2010 and had been deployed four times altogether. During the testing period the device fulfilled expectations and accomplished what the prototype was built for, having survived waves of over 18 meters, proving technology, mooring construction, cable connection, control software and power take off construction.

The CEFOW project, coordinated by Fortum will continue with the deployment of two commercially ready devices. The first of these, the new Penguin WEC 2 will be installed to the EMEC test site this spring.