Fortum takes Wave Hub berth

Wello's Penguin is expected at Wave Hub

Wello's Penguin is expected at Wave Hub

Finnish utility Fortum has signed a breakthrough deal to deploy an array of full-scale wave power devices at the £30m ($47m) Wave Hub testing centre off south-west England, joining the UK’s Seatricity and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as first leaseholders at the four-berth offshore facility.

Fortum, which has invested in a range of marine renewable energy (MRE) prototypes, is expected to trial compatriot Wello’s ship-shaped ‘Penguin’ concept – tested as a 500kW unit at the European Marine Energy Centre in the Scottish Orkneys – at Wave Hub next year.

“For Fortum it is important to be able to quickly move forward into actual full scale array testing of wave power converters once they have passed the first stages of evaluation,” says Fortum chief technology officer Heli Antila.

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