Photo by Hazel Saunderson for Inhabitat
The new Oyster 800 will soon be transported from the Fife production yard to join its smaller companion at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, with further Oysters to be deployed in 2012 and 2013. The installation will see the device being fixed to the seabed around 500 metres from the shore. This will be followed by a commissioning process which will see it connected to an onshore hydro-electric generator via subsea pipelines.
First Minister Alex Salmond welcomed the advancements in wave energy conversion being made by Aquamarine Power as he stated: “Today is a significant day for Aquamarine Power and for Scotland’s wider offshore renewables sector, which continues to develop a wide range of low carbon energy technologies to enable us to fully harness the huge energy resources around our own coast and contribute to global efforts to expand clean, green electricity generation.”