Australia's Carnegie Wave Energy has signed a lease for a berth at Wave Hub to fine-tune a 3MW array of its Ceto 6 devices in the run-up to commercial roll-out.
Carnegie, which is
building a grid-connected three-unit development in Western Australia
using its fifth-generation wave-energy converter (WEC) for switch-on this year, aims to deploy the trio
of the devices underwater at WaveHub, off Cornwall, southwest England, in 2016, with plans to build out to a 10MW installation later.
“Securing a berth at Wave
Hub provides Carnegie with a pre-developed site and installed grid-connected
infrastructure to test the Ceto 6 commercial generation technology while
leveraging off UK technical and commercial supply chain expertise in the heart
of the marine renewables industry," says Carnegie’s executive director
of European business development, Kieran O’Brien.
The Ceto is a
fully submerged buoy-and-tether device that produces high-pressure
water from the power of waves and uses it to turn an onshore turbine to
generate electricity. Ceto 6s will have four times the generating capacity of
the previous model.
Waved Hub managing director
Claire Gibson notes: “We have seen an increase in demand from companies with
advanced wave-energy technology and have had to consider each of them carefully,
given we only had one berth remaining. [Carnegie] expects Ceto 6 to be a
Carnegie will occupy the
last of fourth berths at Wave Hub, a government-owned 30MW "socket" on the
seabed linked to the UK grid by a 16km-long underwater cable.
The other berth-holders are
British outfit Seatricity, which plans to install a WEC this spring before
building out a 10MW demonstrator in the next two years; Finnish multinational
utility Fortum, which will be trialling a 10MW array with a
soon-to-be-confirmed wave technology; and the UK Energy Technologies
Institute, which aims to deploy a 6MW offshore floating wind prototype
"as early as next year" with partners Alstom and Glosten Associates.