Scotland is renowned for its magnificent coastlines and delicious seafood – however, the latest denizen of the deep captured our attention for an entirely different reason – its ability to capture wave energy. The Oyster 800 operates in the same way as Oyster 1, but Aquamarine Power has used data and lessons learned from the first Oyster to significantly improve its power output, simplify installation and allow for easier maintenance. The device’s shape has been modified and made wider to enable it to capture more wave energy, and the two seabed piles system allows for easier installation.
Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Power commented: “The Oyster 800 is a significant advance on our first Oyster device. Our dedicated engineering and R&D teams have designed it to be simpler, more robust and more efficient. This means we can offer 250 per cent more power at a third of the cost. Our goal is to make future Oysters cost competitive within the next few years. The Oyster 800 will help us gather the data that we need to deliver on that.”