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Wello’s Penguin wave energy device to be tested in Orkney

Finnish renewable technology developer Wello Ltd. is ready for full-scale deployment of their Penguin wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney.

The company has been granted permission for full-scale deployment by Marine Scotland following verification by certification body Det Norske Veritas.

A 22-ton vessel approximately 30 meters in length and held in place by three wires anchored to the seabed below, the Penguin wave power device captures rotational energy generated by the movement of its hull with the passing waves.

The motion of the waves and the movement of the device spin a flywheel housed inside the Penguin's hull, which drives an electric generator.

A single Penguin unit can produce between 0.5 to 1 megawatt of power and the device is designed to be deployed in fleets depending on the location.

Models of the Penguin have been the subject of extensive trials from 2010 to 2011. The test at the center's wave site at Billia Croo will be the first one for a full-scale Penguin device.

"Successful testing of this device at EMEC would mean the full scale Penguin generator is capable of deployment in larger wave energy parks worldwide. The team at EMEC has offered us tremendous support, which has helped us to reach this stage within such a short space of time," said Aki Luukkainen, chief executive of Wello.

EMEC is a test and research center for wave and tidal power development based in the Orkney Islands, in the United Kingdom. Other wave energy devices currently being tested include that of Pelamis Wave Power and the Oyster wave energy device of Aquamarine Power. – EcoSeed Staff

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