Power firm Alstom has today signed a joint venture with energy firm SSE Renewables to develop a wave energy project off the coast of Scotland.
The firms will develop the Costa Head Wave Project, an up to 200MW wave energy site located north of Orkney in The Crown Estate’s Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Strategic Area.
Alstom and SSE Renewables intend to use wave energy converters developed by marine energy firm AWS Ocean Energy. The firm will deploy the AWS-III wave energy converter, each measuring 16m wide, 8m deep, 60m long and weighing 60t, in an array of 12 cells. Together the array will have rated capacity of 2.5MW, and will convert wave energy in electricity.
Full scale testing will commence this year, supported by the Scottish Enterprise-administered Waters (Wave and Tidal Energy: Research, Development and Demonstration Support) fund, with a full scale prototype planned by 2014.