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"Unprecedented" 9MW wave device coming to UK

GWave Device under construction

A wave energy machine with ”unprecedented” power generation capacity will be trialled in Cornwall by its US developer.

American firm GWave has spent a decade developing its 9MW Power Generation Vessel, which it claims could reduce wave energy costs to compete with cheaper low carbon technologies.

It is preparing to bring the first full scale wave energy device across the Atlantic to the Wave Hub centre in Cornwall, an offshore technology testing centre.

“Our project launch at Cornwall’s Wave Hub facility will be a critical step in GWave’s program to bring to market cheap, clean electricity from the ocean,” said GWave CEO Robert Stoddard.

GWave – based in Portland, Maine – is now testing the mooring system at the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory at Plymouth University.

The wave device will be installed next year.

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  • That is excellent news for the wave hub project.
    Good on the US for have the whereforall to do this and use the UK as a test bed.

    Lets hope it is a success and can be rolled out in front of seaside towns that are not getting any environment money for sea defences. This will save those town.

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