Pelamis Wave Power Ltd. News RSS Feed Pelamis Wave Power Ltd. News Latest news from Pelamis Wave Power Ltd The future of marine renewables A new report published by the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee states that the UK could become a leading exporter of wave and tidal power equipment and expertise if the Government adopts a more visionary approach to developing marine renewables. The report highlights that while the technologies to harness the significant marine energy resources in the UK are still in their infancy, up to 20% of the UK's electricity could be generated from wave and tidal power devices.   Per Hornung Pedersen, Chief Executive of Pelamis Wave Power, said: “This report is an important call to action for our industry. It clearly recognises the major potential of wave and tidal energy and underlines the need for continued support from the UK and Scottish Governments to accelerate investment in the sector. Now is not the time for complacency and we welcome the Energy & Climate Change Committee’s recommendations. Cross party and industry support for our sector and technology is crucial and this report is a clear signal of that.  “Drawing further and sustained investment into the sector will be dependent on solid and stable policy support. The future of marine technology in the UK will also require greater collaboration with industry. Bringing renewable energy to the marketplace on a commercial basis and seeing the results of our innovation deployed across the world is something the UK can genuinely fulfil. Here we have everything to foster growth in the renewables industry, from the technical and engineering expertise to innovation and Government support. With the backing of the corporate community with the experience to grow the industry, we also have the infrastructure, the supply chain and the skills to make the transition. It is an exciting time to be in marine renewables and this report shows what is needed for our industry to fulfil its potential.”   The full report can be read on the UK Parliament website.  Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis shortlisted for Offshore Achievement Award Pelamis Wave Power are pleased to announce that the company has been shortlisted for an Innovator Award in this year's Offshore Achievement Awards. The Innovator Award is a new category for 2012 and recognises excellence in innovative technological solutions developed in the UK for the offshore energy sector. Pelamis Wave Power has been shortlisted for the Pelamis, an innovative machine used to generate electricity from offshore wave power, and is up against two other companies, Expro and Zenith. The Offshore Achievement Awards have recently been re-launched by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and for the first time in 26 years are open to offshore renewable energy companies in addition to the oil & gas industry. Winners will be announced on Thursday 15 March in Aberdeen. Details of the awards can be found here. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Wave Power celebrates fourteen years of achievements and world firsts Today Pelamis Wave Power is celebrating our fourteenth anniversary, and some fantastic achievements and world firsts during those fourteen years, including: The world’s first export of electricity from an offshore wave energy converter to an onshore grid network Supply and commissioning of the world’s first multiple machine wave farm Securing the UK’s first commercial orders for wave energy converters from utility customers E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables An unrivalled portfolio of commercial projects, including customer led developments for Crown Estate leased sites Pelamis inventor and founder Richard Yemm said: “It’s unbelievable how much Pelamis has achieved over the past fourteen years. When we started wave energy was an academic curiosity, and now we are an important part of Scottish and UK Government strategy, have real machines generating into the grid, and utility customers developing real wave farms off our shores. From the first small tank test model in 1998 we have now designed, built and tested six full-scale machines and through that amassed a vast pool of knowledge and experience that gives us unrivalled insight into what we need to do next to deliver commercial wave farms in the next few years. It has been a tough but rewarding 14 years since our inception, and there is more than a tingle of excitement if I allow myself to think where we may be in another 14 years’ time!” Wave energy technology has the potential to supply a significant proportion of the world’s current global energy consumption, and the Pelamis vision for the future looks well beyond the UK’s waters. Per Hornung Pederson, CEO of Pelamis Wave Power, commented: “This fourteenth anniversary is a chance to look back on the immense achievements of Pelamis so far, and comes during a period in which utilities and governments are paying increased attention world-wide to the potential energy of the ocean’s waves. Pelamis is at the forefront of wave power technology and we’re excited to begin the next stage of commercial-scale deployments.” Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT EMEC sign MOU with Ocean University of China An announcement was made today that experts from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney are to collaborate with their marine energy counterparts from the Ocean University of China (OUC) in Shandong Province. Staff from EMEC will assist the university to develop a wave test centre in Shandong. Commenting on the announcement, Per Hornung Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of Pelamis Wave Power, said: “Stronger ties between Scotland and China will be warmly welcomed by the renewables industry. As the marine industry moves towards serial production it is clear that it is a huge opportunity to combine Scottish and Chinese technical and manufacturing expertise.” A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed to foster closer working relationships between EMEC, the University and Qingdao Municipal Science and Technology Commission. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond announced the partnership while visiting the Shandong Province today, and also renewed a Memorandum Of Understanding between Scotland and Shandong Province, signed by the First Minister and Governor Jiang. A full press release can be found on EMEC’s website here. Photo: The Pelamis P2 machine built for E.ON is currently under demonstration at EMEC, returning to the site that the Pelamis prototype was first installed in 2004 Wed, 7 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis founder Richard Yemm recognised with Outstanding Contribution award Richard Yemm was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry at Thursday evening’s Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh. The award from Scottish Renewables was sponsored by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and recognises exceptional contribution to the renewables industry. In the announcement of the award, Scottish Renewables recognised Richard’s long standing and profound contribution to the renewables industry and wave energy in particular. Richard’s career in renewables began in the wind sector, with a novel design of wind turbine blade dampers that enabled extended manufacturing of blades in Glenrothes by overcoming an industry-wide vibration problem. While studying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Stephen Salter, Richard formed the first ideas of the Pelamis wave energy converter and established Pelamis Wave Power in 1998. Richard has spent the last 13 years developing and commercialising the Pelamis with involvement from the drawing board to the board room and from the wave-tank to the high seas. Under his leadership, Pelamis achieved the first grid electricity from offshore waves, Scotland’s first export order for wave energy technology, and the UK’s only sales for wave energy converters to utilities E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables. These machines are demonstrating the cutting edge of wave energy in preparation for scale manufacturing and deployment. Richard has also been active in political lobbying and was a driving vision behind the creation of the European Marine Energy Centre and the Marine Supply Obligation, which subsequently led to the 5ROCs market responsible for driving investment into the sector. He had the privilege of chairing Scottish Renewables through its formative years, helping to shape the combination of high ambition and pragmatic realism that has made Scottish Renewables such a success. Richard Yemm said: “I am really honoured to receive this award and am proud to be working in the renewable industry in Scotland at a time that so much progress is being made by so many outstanding people and organisations. “Behind any individual award there is always a huge team effort – Pelamis and the industry could not have achieved this much without a whole team of tremendously talented and dedicated people, and without the huge support we have been offered by our visionary investors, customers, supply chain and Government”. Pelamis featured in another award of the evening, as E.ON UK won the Scottish Green Energy Award for Best Project. This award recognised the visionary step E.ON have taken as the first utility company to order and operate a wave energy converter in the UK. The involvement and on-going support of E.ON in this Pelamis project is the biggest step towards commercial large scale deployment yet taken, and is now strengthened by the unique collaboration between E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables in the tandem testing of their two Pelamis machines at EMEC.   Photograph: Amaan Lafayette, Marine Development Manager at E.ON, with their ‘Best Project’ award, and Richard Yemm, Founder and Commercial Director at Pelamis Wave Power, with his ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award. The 10th annual Scottish Green Energy Awards were held on the 1st of December in Edinburgh’s recently re-opened National Museum of Scotland. Over 950 representatives from across the Scottish renewables industry attended the ceremony, which was hosted by BBC presenter Kaye Adams. Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The winners reflect the huge strength in Scotland’s renewable energy industry, and the range of different types of projects from new community wind developments to cutting-edge wave and tidal devices.  All of them will make their own important contribution to Scotland’s ambitions for renewables and in creating jobs, promoting investment and in cutting carbon emissions over the coming years.”   Fri, 2 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT E.ON Pelamis machine one year on The world’s first wave power machine to be sold to a utility company has celebrated its first anniversary since grid connection at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) with a series of technical achievements and no lost time incidents. The E.ON machine was installed in October 2010. Since then a dedicated team of four Pelamis engineers, based permanently in Orkney, have helped implement a progressive testing programme, putting the machine through its paces in increasingly energetic sea conditions and progressing through a rigorous inspection regime. During each installation period the E.ON machine has been generating electricity into the national grid. The E.ON Pelamis machine has reached a number of significant milestones, including: A collective 260,000 man-hours have been put into the construction, commissioning and testing of the machine, with no lost time incidents. Successful functional testing of the Pelamis machine and its associated systems, including development of remote machine monitoring from Pelamis headquarters in Leith. The tests have measured conversion efficiencies of greater than 70% in a range of conditions and for sustained periods. Establishing use of the improved machine connection and disconnection system with machine installation achieved in less than 100 minutes and disconnection in 12 minutes Ed Maycock, the Orkney Project Manager for Pelamis, said: “This project has been a great success so far, with many challenges overcome and with many technical achievements outstripping our expectations. We’re committed to working with the local community on the development of wave energy off the shores of Orkney and bringing further employment to the Islands.” Per Hornung Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of Pelamis, said: “E.ON is on a journey with Pelamis to test and prove the performance of its machine over time. “E.ON’s bold vision for our technology means wave energy has every chance of success in becoming an important source of renewable electricity and a new manufacturing industry for Scotland. Passing these milestones is important for the wave power industry as it confirms Pelamis is on the right trajectory for growth – wave farms will happen, and soon.” More information on the E.ON Pelamis project can be read here. The full press release with more quotes and details can be downloaded below. Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis welcomes Shetland Partnership Agreement Pelamis Wave Power welcomes the news that Vattenfall have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shetland council and the Shetland Charitable Trust, with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to develop a marine energy roadmap for the islands. The partnership agreement, the first of its kind, was signed at the inaugural Dynamic Shetland Renewable Energy conference. Vattenfall are partners with Pelamis in the Aegir Wave Power project, which is developing a 10MW wave farm using Pelamis technology off the southwest coast of Shetland. Andrew Scott, Aegir Project Development Manager, commented “The announcement that Vattenfall will be working closely with Shetland Island Council and the Shetland Charitable Trust on wave energy is great news for the current Aegir development, but also for the longer term strategic deployment of wave farms of large scale, for the benefit of everyone.” Read more on the Aegir project at Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT ScottishPower Renewables’ Pelamis machine arrives in Orkney The Pelamis machine which was constructed for customer ScottishPower Renewables at the Pelamis Wave Power headquarters in Leith, Edinburgh, began its journey to Orkney at the weekend. After a successful tow out of the Firth of Forth and up the east coast of Scotland, it reached its destination of Lyness, on the island of Hoy, this Monday afternoon (7th November). Photo: The ScottishPower Renewables’ Pelamis machine is moved within Leith harbour on Saturday 5th November, showing the Royal Yacht Britannia in the background The machine will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, alongside the E.ON machine as part of a unique cross-industry collaboration project. The two machines will operate in tandem as a two-machine wave farm, with information gathered from the trials used to support the development of larger commercial-scale projects currently under development by both ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON off the coast of Orkney. ScottishPower Renewables’ machine is one of the second generation Pelamis P2 machines. The P2 design builds on the extensive experience that Pelamis Wave Power has accumulated over more than ten years through the design, manufacture and operation of four full-scale P1 machines. The E.ON Pelamis was the first P2 machine to be constructed – this second machine built for ScottishPower Renewables is similar in design and appearance. Both measure 180m long and are 4m in diameter. Each of these Pelamis machines is rated at 750kW, and will provide enough power over the course of a year to meet the average electricity demand of 500 homes. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland is continuing to lead the world in the development of wave and tidal energy, with a quarter of Europe’s tidal stream and a tenth of its wave energy potential. As the last of our WATES funded projects, this is a significant milestone and is evidence that public funding is helping developers exploit that resource, enabling the marine energy sector to go from strength to strength. This latest development further reinforces the growing momentum in marine renewables across Scotland and the breadth of activity taking place at the world-leading European Marine Energy Centre.” Photo: The ScottishPower Renewables’ Pelamis machine arrives in Orkney The ScottishPower Renewables press release about the launch of the Pelamis machine can be read here. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Wave Power appoints new CEO Pelamis Wave Power has appointed Per Hornung Pedersen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Pedersen joins Pelamis with an immediate goal of fulfilling demand from the company’s three major customers, E.ON, ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, who are actively developing commercial projects for Pelamis machines and have lodged enquiries for significant orders of wave energy units. Per Hornung Pedersen brings considerable experience of both the manufacturing and renewable sectors, with a particular expertise in commercialising renewable technologies. He previously held the post of CEO at REpower Systems, one of the leading international manufacturers of wind turbines, and has had CFO or CEO roles in the renewable energy sector since 2000. Mr. Pedersen was also responsible for transforming Suzlon Energy Ltd, the Indian wind turbine manufacturer, into a global player. In just four years he was instrumental in growing the company into the world’s fifth largest turbine manufacturer, developing new markets for Suzlon in no fewer than seven different countries on five continents. Gina Domanig, Chairman of Pelamis, commented: “Per is a renewable energy heavyweight with huge experience in commercialising renewable technologies and developing global markets. He brings the right blend of experience and industry standing to take our company into an exciting new phase. Mr. Pedersen will now lead the recently-announced strategic review, a process that will enable Pelamis to scale up its manufacturing to commercial levels. Per Hornung Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of Pelamis, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled to be joining Pelamis at such a defining moment for the company. Pelamis already has the technical platform to begin serial production of its machines – together with our customers we will be the first to make wave energy a reality.” Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Wave Power secures agreement for lease for Western Isles’ first ever wave farm Pelamis Wave Power has secured an agreement for lease from The Crown Estate to develop a wave farm, large enough to power some 7,000 homes on average – more than meeting the average electricity requirements of Stornoway. The 10MW lease is for a site located off the west coast of Lewis near the Island of Bernera, and with construction targeted for 2015, it would become the Western Isles’ first ever commercial wave farm. The timing coincides with planned grid upgrades to the Island and the completion of pre-commercial development of Pelamis technology in Orkney by utility customers E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables. The proposed Bernera Wave Farm will consist of up to 14 Pelamis machines and will be located between one and ten kilometres from the shore. The site itself is some 100-square kilometres in size, which allows Pelamis to narrow the location for the final wave farm, which will only occupy roughly two square kilometres once built, by conducting site investigations and consultations with local sea users and stakeholders. Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), said: “The Outer Hebrides are the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s marine energy resource. As a community we are committed to encouraging the development of wave power in this area. “Pelamis Wave Power has a unique track record of attracting utility customers and investment into this sector. We welcome their continued commitment to the Outer Hebrides and look forward to working closely with them. This announcement only heightens the need for us to upgrade the Island’s grid connection so that marine projects can flourish in this part of the world.”The award for a lease follows consultations by Pelamis with the local community, council and stakeholders and completion of initial site selection and feasibility studies. Pelamis Wave Power is a partner in the Hebridean Marine Energy Futures Project, a collaboration of industry and academia led by Lews Castle College, which was successful in securing a £900,000 grant from the Scottish Funding Council in March 2011. Through the project, three wave measurement buoys were deployed last month in the Bernera area and to the North West of Lewis. These will enable accurate assessment of the wave resource and inform the layout and position of the Pelamis wave farm. In 2005 Pelamis Wave Power manufactured the steel tube sections for three Pelamis machines at the Arnish Fabrication Yard, a contract worth £1.5m. The company sees the facilities at Arnish as a key feature to the region.Ros Hart, Project Development Manager for Pelamis, said: “The Western Isles are not only one of the best locations in the world for wave resource, they also boast a fantastic manufacturing facility and a proud seafaring history. “The Bernera Wave Farm is the first of what we hope will be many megawatts of Pelamis power to come from the seas around the Outer Hebrides.” Photo: The machine will be located off Bernera, pictured. The low surface profile of Pelamis machines and offshore location ensures that a Pelamis wave farm has a low visual impact, retaining the natural beauty of the Western Isles. A press release is available below. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Aegir Wave Power Deploys a Second Wave Measurement Buoy Aegir Wave Power has successfully deployed a second wave measurement buoy off the south west coast of Shetland. The buoy, which floats on the surface of the sea, will measure the wave height, direction and period at its location 2km offshore of Kettle Ness, West Burra.  The information will be used by Aegir Wave Power in the design of a 10MW wave farm, proposed for construction in 2015 and consisting of between 10 to 14 Pelamis wave energy machines. A first buoy was deployed in 5km to the south, near St. Ninian’s Isle, in June and has since been relaying information on the wave climate back to an on land receiving station located at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.  The Marine Centre, which carried out both deployment operations using their new vessel the MV Havra, will continue to support Aegir Wave Power in monitoring and maintaining the buoys. Andrew Scott, Aegir Project Development Manager, said, “The data being collected from these two buoys will allow Aegir to determine the nature of the wave energy resource in the area and help inform decisions on the proposed farm layout, design and location.  Where the first buoy records the waves at one location, with two buoys we can assess how the energy moves and varies.” Commenting on the cooperation with the Marine Centre, he said: “We are delighted to have the support of the NAFC Marine Centre in carrying out this work and in future monitoring and maintenance activities.  The Centre’s knowledge and experience been immensely helpful and we look forward to continuing to work together. “ The wave measurement, or waverider buoys are yellow floats approximately 1 metre in diameter.  Both are fitted with a flashing yellow light and radio antenna.  A Notice to Mariners has been issued to alert vessels of the hazard, and local sea users have been informed.  The buoys will remain on site for between 1-3 years, being removed periodically for maintenance.  Further details on deployments and the project can be found at: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Shetland Wave Farm takes a step closer as Aegir deploy wave-measurement buoy Aegir Wave Power (Aegir), the joint venture between European energy company Vattenfall and Pelamis Wave Power, has commenced wave resource monitoring for its wave energy project off south west Shetland. The deployment of a waverider buoy was completed with the support of the Scalloway-based NAFC Marine Centre. The Marine Centre has signed a support agreement with Aegir to assist in project development activities, which includes monitoring and maintaining the wave buoy. The Marine Centre used its newly commissioned vessel the MV Havra to carry out the operation. David Gray, Director of the Marine Centre, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide support to Aegir with their development work as well as get involved in this very exciting project in Shetland’s waters at this early stage.” Aegir will use the buoy to further determine how rich the wave energy resource is in the area and to inform the design of the Shetland wave farm, which will consist of up to 14 Pelamis machines. The buoy will transmit its measurement data, in real time, back to a shore receiver station at the Marine Centre where operators will also be able to monitor the position of the buoys. The waverider buoy is a yellow float approximately 1 metre in diameter fitted with a flashing light and radio antenna.  The buoy is located approximately four kilometres west of St.Ninian’s Isle. A second wave-measurement buoy is planned to be deployed later in the year to the north of the first, in order to determine the variability in the wave climate. Further details on deployments and the project can be found at:, to read the Notice to Mariners click here. Aegir is planning to install between 10 to 14 Pelamis machines to generate up to 10MW of electricity. In May this year the company was successful in securing an Agreement to Lease from The Crown Estates which allows Aegir to develop this first phase wave farm.Photos: waverider, to the top middle, after deployment by staff from the NAFC Marine Centre. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis hosts visit from Climate Change Minister Greg Barker The Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, visited Pelamis Wave Power today to tour the design and production facilities and see the second Pelamis P2 machine being built for utility customer ScottishPower Renewables. The machine, currently undergoing final assembly and commissioning at the quayside in Leith Docks, is due to be tested alongside the first P2 machine owned by German utility giant E.ON, which was first grid connected in October 2010 at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney. Photo: Greg Barker MP discusses the recent DECC announcement with founder and CTO of Pelamis Wave Power, Richard Yemm, at the quayside of Leith Docks. An announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change today revealed that up to £20 million of DECC’s £200 million budget for low carbon technologies has been earmarked for the UK’s wave and tidal industry. Subject to a value for money assessment, the £20 million is expected to support two projects to test marine power technologies in multiple-machine arrays. Greg Barker said: “Marine power has huge potential in the UK not just in contributing to a greener electricity supply and cutting emissions, but in supporting thousands of jobs in a sector worth a potential £15 billion to the economy to 2050. “Britain can be a world leader as we have decades of expertise in offshore industries and the most advanced devices are already being developed here. Our geography gives us access to rich marine resources which act as a natural laboratory to test and run devices in realistic conditions, especially in Scotland and the South West where innovative work is already being carried out. “The money we’re announcing today will take marine power to the next stage of development in the UK and a step closer to being a real contender in the future energy market.” Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Aegir Secures Lease Option for Shetland Wave Farm Aegir Wave Power, a joint venture between Swedish utility Vattenfall AB and Pelamis Wave Power, have today secured an agreement for lease from The Crown Estates for their wave farm project off Shetland. Aegir has been pursuing the possibility of wave farm development in the Shetland’s waters since 2009. Having reached agreement with The Crown Estate, Aegir is now clear to move forward with survey and evaluation work, to secure necessary consents and permissions for development from Marine Scotland. The scheme starts with a 10 megawatt (MW) project using Pelamis machines in an area of sea off the south west of Shetland. Speaking about the announcement; Project Manager Andrew Scott of Pelamis, said: “Aegir has already invested a significant amount in this project to date, so we are delighted to secure this milestone for the project.  There remains a lot of work to be completed over the next two years, and we look forward to completing this in close communication and collaboration with the local Shetland communities. We realise this has to make sense for them too.” As part of investigation work allowed by today’s announcement, Aegir is planning the deployment of wave measurement buoys off the coast in the coming weeks to determine exactly how rich the energy resource is off Shetland’s south west coast. Aegir will also be performing a broad program of environmental surveys, all of which will go toward assessing the benefits and implications of a decision to develop, which is currently planned to be taken in 2015. For further information on Aegir Wave Power and the Shetland project please visit To read Aegir’s full press release download below. Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT News Release Pelamis Wave Power Limited (PWP) is today announcing a number of important developments.  For further information please click on the link below: Pelamis Wave Power News Release Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT E.ON P2 Pelamis Test Update Intitial results from the test programme of the first P2 machine, owned by E.ON, have been encouraging. Tests to date have recorded conversion efficiency of around 70% and a measured 30 minute average capture width approaching 20m in small seas – all inline with expectations for these initial trials. The early measured capture width is around double the theoretical ultimate maximum of a heaving buoy device in the same seas. Read more and view video footage on the E.ON project page. Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Projects Submitted to European Bid A collaborative project bringing together three of Europe’s leading utilities and two wave energy technologies has been selected by the UK Government for a major European funding bid. The Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource (POWER) Ltd project is the only wave energy bid being put forward by the UK Government to the European Investment Bank for consideration in the first round of the EU’s New Entrant Reserve (NER300) scheme – a fund worth around EUR4.5 billion to support carbon capture and storage and innovative renewable projects across the European Union. The POWER project aims to demonstrate the world’s first large-scale grid-connected wave energy farm, with a total generation capacity of 28 MW provided by 24 offshore Pelamis machines and 10 nearshore Oyster devices. The project is a collaboration between ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON Climate & Renewables, both using Pelamis technology, and Brough Head Wave Farm Limited which is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Aquamarine Power using Oyster technology. Thumbnail: An artist impression of how the Pelamis farm might look. Courtesy of ScottishPower Renewables Photo: E.ON’s Pelamis P2 machine operating at EMEC, south of the POWER projects location. The machine can just be seen towards the centre of the photo. May 2011. Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Completes Launch of Second P2 Machine Pelamis Wave Power today completed the launch of the five sections of their latest P2 Pelamis wave energy converter. On order from ScottishPower Renewables, the 750kW rated machine is being manufactured at PWP’s headquarters in Leith Docks, Edinburgh. The launch process involves moving the sections, one at a time, from the fabrication hall to the quayside where they are lifted into the water by two 500 Tonne cranes lifting in tandem.  he transportation and lift were carried out by heavy lift specialists Mammoet. Right: One of the mid sections of the P2 Pelamis is transported from the fabrication hall to the quayside for launch.  Speaking after the launch, Project Manager Jacob Ahlqvist said, “We’re very proud of our achievement in building this machine within such a tight schedule and with so few problems. The launch process went extremely smoothly and we’ve managed to halve the time taken for this process, compared with the launch of the E.ON machine last year.” After commissioning in Leith, the new Pelamis will be towed north to join the first P2 Pelamis, built last year for E.ON.  Under a working agreement between ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON, both machines will generate to the national grid from their adjacent berths at the European Marine Energy Centre off Orkney, with PWP’s local operations base providing monitoring and maintenance support.  Left: Timelapse video showing the launch of the first tube section of the P2-002   Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT Hebridean Marine Energy Project Secures £900k Funding Pelamis Wave Power is part of a consortium of marine energy industry leaders and academic institutes taking part in a new project aimed at accelerating the marine energy industry. The Hebridean Marine Energy Futures Project will focus on identifying and characterising wave energy sites off the coast of the Outer Hebrides and will examine the potential environmental impact of wave energy converters in a study based at EMEC, Orkney. The University of the Highlands and Islands has secured grants to lead the research project that could help to make the Hebrides one of the most valuable and sought-after marine energy sites in Europe. The project has secured £900,000 from the Scottish Funding Council. The work will include resource modelling, data collection and environmental studies to inform Scotland’s emerging marine energy industry. The project is headed by the Greenspace low carbon and renewable energy research team at the university’s Lews Castle College and will be supported by a range of industry partners including, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power, Scottish Power Renewables, EON, Voith Hydro Wavegen, SSE Renewables, NPower Renewables. The project is also backed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/Western Isles Council. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis project wins TSB investment The Technology Strategy Board announced a £2.5 million investment in wave and tidal projects today, awarding a share of this to a Pelamis Wave Power project. Other companies to benefit from this investment are Bauer Renewables Ltd and Marine Current Turbines Ltd. The investment will be used to support testing of Pelamis machines at the Orcadian Pelamis P2 wave farm demonstration project, located at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the western edge of the Orkney mainland. The project, an array of two Pelamis P2 machines, will incorporate the E.ON owned P2 machine which was installed in 2010 and a P2 machine for Scottish Power Renewables which is currently under build at the PWP facilities in Leith, Edinburgh. E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables announced the groundbreaking collaboration in the trialling of their respective Pelamis P2 devices in November 2010. The two companies are developing 100MW of Pelamis projects off the coast of Orkney and will use the information gathered from these trials to underpin larger commercial projects such as these. Photo: The E.ON P2 machine at EMEC in December 2010, when snow covered the Orcadian cliffs in the background. The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), acting to ensure that the UK remains a global leader in innovation. This investment in marine power projects will help to finance research and development focussing on supporting and underpinning the deployment of pre-commercial, full scale devices installed and operating in the sea. Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: “Investment in these projects will accelerate the pace of development of marine renewable energy in the UK. The projects will address a number of important technological challenges, including reducing the effect of the technologies on the environment and making the cost of wave and tidal stream energy production more competitive with other renewable energy sources. The UK is well placed to exploit wave and tidal stream energy resources and this kind of technology will be an important part of the renewable energy mix needed in the future” Technology Strategy Board press release E.ON press release ScottishPower Renewables press release Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Chris Huhne Visits Pelamis Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Pelamis Wave Power to receive a briefing on the sector, and see progress on the build of ScottishPower Renewable’s P2 Pelamis machine. Speaking during the visit, Chris Huhne said; “This has been a great chance for me to see firsthand the development of cutting-edge renewable energy technology, and to hear what our green industries of the future need from government. “The UK is blessed with huge natural potential for renewable energy sources such wave and wind. I want to see those resources harnessed, which is one of the reasons we are currently consulting on electricity market reform; to help bring on low carbon generation and make sure that the UK gets the biggest share possible of the green energy revolution.” Photo: Chris Huhne MP and Tavish Scott MSP tour PWP’s fabrication hall in Leith. Chris Huhne was accompanied on the visit by Tavish Scott MSP for Shetland.  Aegir, a joint venture between PWP and Vattenfall was set up in 2009 and plans to install a wave farm off the southwest coast of Shetland.  For further details on this project see the Aegir website Photo: Chris Huhne MP and Richard Yemm PWP CTO stand inside part of a Pelamis P2 machine under build Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Chinese Vice Premier Li visits Pelamis Wave Power A Chinese trade delegation led by Vice Premier Li Keqiang visited Pelamis Wave Power today for a first-hand experience of our world leading wave energy technology. Photo: Richard Yemm, Chief Technical Officer and founder of PWP, gives an introduction to marine renewables to Vice Premier Li. Also present were: You Quan, Deputy Secretary-General of the State Council Yi Gang, Vice Governor of the People’s Bank of China Fu Ying, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhijun, Minister of Railways Gao Hucheng, Vice Minister of Commerce and China International Trade Representative Ning Jizhe, Deputy Head of the State Council Research Office Xu Xianping, Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the United KingdomTan Xiutian, Chinese Consul General in Scotland And from Scotland: Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jim Mather MSP Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Roseanne Cunningham MSP Secretary of State for Scotland, Rt Hon. Michael Moore MP The delegation was given a tour of our manufacturing facility including the factory testing and assembly areas where the power modules of a new P2 Pelamis are under construction. In the main fabrication hall our visitors saw the main tube structures being completed for ScottishPower Renewables’ machine, scheduled for deployment this summer. Left: the delegates look over a hydraulic ram Vice Premier Li met with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond before the visit and described the importance of maintaining a strong relationship: “Sino-British relations have seen smooth development for a long time, and friendly cooperation between China and Scotland has also been in constant development”. Scotland and China share strong ties with around 5000 Chinese students attending Scottish Universities and colleges each year. Mr Salmond highlighted the potential synergy between the Chinese and Scottish focus on renewables. “China already has the largest deployment of on-shore renewable technology, and Scotland is a world-leader in pioneering the technology and application of clean, green off-shore energy. Therefore, the economic opportunities for Scotland are enormous in terms of wind and marine energy technology developers and manufacturers and for potential investors across the world.” Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore MP, accompanied Vice Premier Li on the tour and said: “There are a huge number of opportunities which exist between China and Scotland, and I am keen to see us take advantage of our excellent trading links.” Photo: Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather MSP, Vice Premier Li Keqiang and PWP Chief Technical Officer Richard Yemm pose for photographs. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Danny Alexander MP Visits Pelamis Wave Power Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, visited Pelamis Wave Power’s manufacturing facility and office headquarters in Leith, Edinburgh, today. The MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey was given a tour of PWP’s facilities by founder and Chief Technical Officer, Richard Yemm. Danny Alexander spent over an hour touring PWP’s fabrication and assembly hall where the second P2 Pelamis machine on order from ScottishPower Renewables is being built. Speaking afterwards, he remarked: “It is fantastic to see this example of Scottish enterprise and engineering accomplishing key milestones towards the commercialisation of such an important industry. Wave power is a huge renewable and abundant resource in the UK and the Pelamis technology provides the ability to capture that resource in an economical and environmentally benign way. Further application of this technology would reduce the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels, generate jobs and opportunities in Scotland, and demonstrate economic advantages across the UK.” Richard Yemm, CTO of Pelamis Wave Power, commented: “It is very positive for us to see such interest from the Government in understanding the marine energy sector and our work at PWP. If marine power is to reach its potential as a low-cost, low-carbon energy supply, communication between government and industry will be vital. Today’s visit was a valuable opportunity to discuss the importance of furthering the UK’s renewable energy industry.” Right: Danny Alexander MP tours PWP’s fabrication hall and assembly facility with Richard Yemm, PWP CTO. PWP are currently manufacturing the P2 Pelamis machine for energy utility, ScottishPower Renewables, the second utility to order a Pelamis machine in the UK.  The Pelamis P2 machine is the second generation Pelamis wave energy converter. The first machine, purchased by E.ON was successfully connected to the grid for the first time in October this year (2010) and is now undergoing a staged programme of testing.   Earlier this month E.ON and ScottishPower announced a groundbreaking collaboration in the trialling of their respective P2 devices. The two companies are developing 100MW of Pelamis projects off the coast of Orkney and will use the information gathered from these trials to underpin larger commercial projects such as these. Photo: Danny Alexander MP gives an interview to visiting press in PWP’s fabrication hall Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT Shetland Wave Farm Website Launched Aegir Wave Power has launched a website to inform and update all interested parties on the progress of their wave farm development off the coast of Shetland.  Aegir is a joint venture between Swedish utility Vattenfall and Pelamis Wave Power.  The project off Shetland’s southwest coast will consist of between 14 and 26 Pelamis machines with a combined rated power of 10-20MW. The website contains information on key aspects of the project such as its planned location, size, appearance, the Pelamis technology and work relating to the environmental impact assessment.  The site will be updated regularly with news and events. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT P2 machine completes first phase of work-up programme The First P2 Pelamis machine, built for utility E.ON, has now been successfully removed from the EMEC site after four days of testing. This completes the first phase of a planned work-up programme, with the first deployment testing all aspects of the operational cycle. The machine removal was conducted using only the Voe Viking multicat, proving the single vessel removal procedure which will dramatically reduce operational costs for this and future commercial machines. During the four days on site, the machine was exposed to only small seas with maximum wave heights of around 2.5 – 3 metres, within our current self-imposed ‘Weather State 2’ limits for initial reliability and systems proving. With four solid days of operating data secured, and conditions forecast to deteriorate well outside these limits from Friday, the decision was taken to remove the machine from site. The steady work-up programme planned for this new machine design will culminate in unrestricted operation across all conditions. While the machine was onsite over 1000 data channels were monitored continuously from the control room in Stromness. All systems performed as designed with no problems arising. The machine completed several periods of sustained generation to the UK grid. Other highlights included testing of active and ‘failsafe’ control modes and automation routines for smooth continuous power output. The machine has now returned to Lyness where it will be subjected to a rigorous inspection process to confirm that there are no problems that were not visible on the machine remote monitoring systems. After this it will be readied for redeployment in the next suitable weather window. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT First P2 Pelamis machine connects to grid On Sunday 10th October 2010, PWP successfully installed the E.ON Pelamis P2 machine on its moorings at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The operation went smoothly and the Pelamis was latched to its moorings within half an hour of arriving on site. That afternoon PWP O&M Engineer Sigurd Thomson from Hoy in Orkney started the first generator to begin electricity generation to the UK grid network. This initial period of operation is primarily to prove the installation and removal process, commission the site, and confirm satisfactory operation of all machine systems. This is the first stage of a progressive machine ‘work-up’ programme that will lead to full unrestricted operations once full system functionality and reliability are confirmed. PWP & E.ON anticipate that this first deployment will last for 3-5 days. Subsequent installations over the coming weeks and months will combine progressive exposure to more aggressive sea states with regular offsite inspection periods. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Phase 1 of Second P2 Moorings Installation Completed PWP has completed the first phase of moorings installation work for the second Pelamis P2 machine due to be installed at EMEC next year. This machine is being supplied to Scottish Power Renewables and is currently being manufactured at PWP’s Leith assembly facility. Lyness harbour was used as a marshalling site for the installation, where PWP took delivery of the main anchors, chain, shackles and connection plates. Delta Marine’s Voe Viking was the main vessel used for installation and surveying, with Orkney Harbours vessels from Flotta terminal assisting with anchor embedment activities. As the sixth mooring installation that PWP has carried out to date, the company builds on a wealth of unrivalled operational experience. The second phase of the work will be carried out in spring 2011 when a dynamic cable will be spliced to EMEC’s static cable to provide a connection to the national grid. This will complete the subsea infrastructure to allow Scottish Power Renewables’ Pelamis to be connected on completion of manufacture and commissioning. Links: Delta Marine Orkney Marine Services Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Management Changes at Pelamis Wave Power Pelamis Wave Power today announced the departure of their CEO Neels Kriek and CFO Diana Dyer Bartlett. Both Neels and Diana have moved on after successfully delivering a series of financial and commercial objectives for the Company. Both had been commuting to Edinburgh from London on a weekly basis and had indicated to the company that they now wished to pursue interests closer to their respective homes. Richard Yemm, Chief Technical Officer said: “We continue to move forward strongly in a tough economic climate, during the last twelve months both Neels and Diana have helped secure additional funding as well as assisting with the delivery of key commercial and technical milestones for the wave energy machines under construction, whilst also contributing to the successful running of the Company. The first P2 machine is now at Orkney and ready for initial operations and we are well placed over the winter months to further prove the technology. We anticipate we will be commencing generation this month. The PWP Board is pleased with progress and confident that the state-of-the-art technology we are developing will make a major contribution to renewable energy markets around the world.” Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Wave Power Becomes the First Official Saltire Prize Competitor Pelamis Wave Power is the first developer to be awarded ‘Official Saltire Prize Competitor’ status from the Scottish Government for their wave farm project at Farr Point, Sutherland. The Saltire Prize is a £10 million challenge offered by the Scottish Government to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy across the world. To win the prize, PWP must demonstrate that its commercially viable wave energy technology, the P2, achieves the greatest volume of electrical output over a continuous 2 year period using only the power of the sea (over the set minimum hurdle of 100GWh). The generation period begins on or prior to January 2015 and will run to January 2017. The site of the Grand Challenge will be at Farr Point, Sutherland where PWP has achieved a grid connection and an Agreement for Lease under the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Leasing Round from the Crown Estate. Neels Kriek, CEO of Pelamis Wave Power, said: “The Saltire Prize inspires the historic principles of Scottish innovation, engineering and achievement, which are also at the core of Pelamis Wave Power’s success. PWP is delighted to achieve Official Satire Prize Competitor Status in the Scottish Government’s global contest and looks forward to competing with other marine technologies in the Grand Challenge”. “Achieving ‘Official Applicant Saltire Prize’ for our proposed Wave Farm at Farr Point, Sutherland firmly places the north coast of Scotland on the map for energy innovation”. Laura Carse, Project Development Manager, Pelamis Wave Power. For more information on the Farr Point project see our project page. Additional information about the Saltire Prize is available on the Scottish Government website. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis P2 Machine Arrives in Orkney The Pelamis P2 machine arrived in Orkney yesterday afternoon after a successful sea trial and tow from Edinburgh. The machine left PWP’s facility in Leith docks, where it was designed and built, on Friday evening and was towed north by Delta Marine’s multicat vessel the Voe Viking. It will now be thoroughly inspected and prepared, ahead of connection to the pre-placed mooring system and electrical cable at the European Marine Test Centre (EMEC) site at Billia Croo. The machine will then undergo an intensive series of commissioning and evaluation trials through the remainder of the summer and autumn before entering full service. Thumbnail: The Voe Viking alongside the P2 machine, Orkney Right: The E.ON P2 machine moored up alongside Lyness quayside, Hoy, Orkney Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT The Pelamis P2 machine successfully completes sea trials The Pelamis P2 machine had its first taste of the open sea this week when it successfully completed its first set of trials in the outer reaches of the Firth of Forth. The 36 hour test was carried out in small seas of around 1m height and 7 second period, and included full towing and manoeuvring trials, testing of the new mooring yoke, and extensive testing of the hydraulic, electrical and control systems. All tests were successfully completed with all systems performing as designed. Tests were supported by Delta Marine’s Voe Viking and Voe Chief vessels. The machine, built for power utility E.ON, will head to Orkney shortly to be connected into the national grid at the European Marine Energy Centre. Thumbnail: Pelamis P2 has its first ‘taste’ of sea water as it leaves Leith Harbour for the first time Right: the machine begins to flex in the small seas. Below: the machine is towed in to the mouth of the Forth by Delta Marine’s vessel the Voe Viking. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT Naming Ceremony for First P2 Pelamis The first P2 Pelamis was officially named today in a ceremony in Leith, Edinburgh. The machine, which has been produced for the German utility E.ON was named Vágr Atferð (Old Norse for wave power) by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. The first P2 Pelamis was officially named today in a ceremony in Leith Docks, where the machine was designed and built. Speaking at the event, Rt Hon Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, said: “Scotland is well-placed to become the clean, green energy powerhouse of Europe, with as much as 10 per cent of its wave power potential, as well as an estimated one quarter of the continent’s offshore wind and tidal energy capacity.” “Today is another significant step in that journey. It is also testament to E.ON’s strong global commitment to renewable energy generation and to the ambition and innovation of Pelamis in pioneering its internationally-renowned wave energy technology. “I’m delighted that the completed P2 wave energy converter is now ready for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre and pleased to officially name the device “Vágr atferð.” The name, which is Old Norse for wave power, was chosen by Orkney schoolboy, Matthew Rendall. The P2 Pelamis will be towed to Orkney later this year to commence a three year test programme at EMEC. At the event, Dr Paul Golby, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of such an innovative project. The event marks a milestone in marine technology and the next exciting step for renewable energy in the UK. “Today’s launch is a celebration of the successes we’ve seen with renewables and a clear example of the changing shape of the UK energy industry – there is a real potential for the UK to lead the marine energy sector.” The supply contract for the machine with utility company E.ON is the UK’s first commercial supply contract within the marine energy sector. In March 2008, PWP announced they had secured a second commercial supply contract for a P2 machine with Scottish Power. This machine is expected to be launched in 2011. The ceremony was held beside the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Leith Docks. Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT PWP Secures Second Order for P2 Machine from ScottishPower Renewables Pelamis Wave Power is delighted to announce a second order for its Pelamis P2 wave energy converter from ScottishPower Renewables, part of Iberdrola Renovables, the largest wind energy company in the world. The order announced today follows an earlier order from E.ON for the first P2 machine which is currently in the final stages of manufacture at PWP’s Leith facility and due to be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney later this year. Last week both SPR and E.ON were awarded leases by the Crown Estate for projects off the west coast of Orkney utilising Pelamis P2 technology. In addition PWP secured a lease for a project off the North mainland coast of Scotland. When fully developed the capacity of these projects, utilising Pelamis machines, totals 150MW – equivalent to 200 P2 machines. The machines currently on order will provide valuable experience and data to expedite the early development and commercialisation of these projects. Neels Kriek, PWP CEO said: “This order from SPR will allow us to operate and maintain a mini array of P2 machines at EMEC which will create the impetus for the commercialisation of the Crown Estate sea-bed leases awarded to SPR, E.ON and PWP. These and other projects under development in Scotland will result in orders in excess of £500 million when fully developed. This is a unique opportunity for PWP and our Scottish and UK supply chain partners to stimulate significant immediate and local economic benefits and importantly to create many more high-tech jobs in Scotland. The commitments made by the UK and Scottish Governments to decarbonise our economy and to increase the use of indigenous energy resources has been given a significant boost by the SPR and E.ON commitments and investment in Pelamis technology.” Download PWP’s press release below. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT PWP Celebrates Outcome of Crown Estate’s Leasing Round Pelamis Wave Power Ltd (PWP), have been named as the technology supplier for three major offshore wave energy projects in the worlds first seabed leasing round off the north coast of Scotland. The three Pelamis projects which were successfully awarded lease options from The Crown Estate in the UK’s first marine energy leasing round include: A 50MW offshore wave project with Scottish Power Renewables, off the west coast of the Orkney Islands A 50MW offshore wave project with E.ON UK, also off the west coast of the Orkney Islands A third 50MW wave farm site off the north coast of Sutherland being developed by PWP themselves Commenting on the three projects, with a cumulative capacity of 150MW, Chief Executive Officer of PWP, Neels Kriek, said: “The Crown Estate’s process has set our industry on course towards delivering marine projects of utility scale, and PWP is delighted that both Scottish Power Renewables and E.ON UK endorsed our technology in their applications. We are proudly and uniquely aligned in our respective goals of delivering renewable energy through multiple commercial Pelamis projects in the next 5 to 10 years.” Kriek continued: “The challenges associated with the ambitions which have been set today are significant, and the team at PWP are energised to embrace these challenges to the benefit of Scottish Power Renewables, E.ON UK, our other customers and the UK low carbon economy objectives. I am confident that we are ideally placed with the significant support from the Scottish Government and DECC to translate today’s announcement into a global success for the UK, Scotland and the sector.” Click here to see the BBC’s coverage of the event. Download PWP’s press release below. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT PWP Awarded Lease Option for North Coast Wave Farm The lease area, which lies a number of kilometres offshore from Bettyhill in Sutherland, was identified by PWP in 2008, when the company secured a grid connection. Today’s announcement will allow the Scottish company to develop and deliver a Pelamis wave farm, with a capacity of up to 50MW, which would be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of some 25,000 homes. PWP are no strangers to operating in the region having installed the full-scale Pelamis prototype at EMEC in Orkney between 2004 and 2007; which was the world’s first grid connected offshore wave energy converter. Later this year PWP will be returning to EMEC to start demonstration of the first Pelamis P2 machine for utility client E.ON UK. PWP Project Development Manager Andrew Scott welcomed the outcome of the leasing round saying: “This is terrific news for PWP and Armadale. The agreement with The Crown Estate, along with a grid connection, has significantly de-risked this project opportunity, and we look forward to bringing this project through consents to a position where it can be built and start exporting wave power to the UK grid”. PWP have elected to use an Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Ocean Power Delivery, to carry out the project development work for the site, which is currently named “Armadale”. With a mainland grid connection; the Armadale project represents the only proposed wave farm in Scotland that is not dependant on an island transmission upgrade. Neels Kriek PWP Chief Executive said: “Choosing a mainland grid connection gives us the clear route to deliver a utility scale wave farm, potentially up to 50MW, within the shortest timeframe, which presents a considerable opportunity for PWP; not least the potential to win the Saltire Prize.” Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Ed Miliband MP Visits Pelamis Wave Power Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, today visited Pelamis Wave Power to see the final assembly of the P2, our next generation of wave energy converter. He was accompanied on his visit by local MP, Mark Lazarowicz and by Dave Rogers, E.ON UK’s Regional Director for Climate & Renewables and Adrian Chatterton, head of construction for E.ON UK. Photo: Mark Lazarowicz MP, Max Carcas PWP, Ed Miliband MP, Adrian Chatterton E.ON, Richard Yemm PWP and Ed Maycock PWP, tour PWP’s assembly facilities in Leith. Ed Miliband was invited to climb inside the new Pelamis to see the fully assembled joint and power take-off system first hand. He later said “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see the wave energy industry in action here today. I have been extremely impressed both by the Pelamis technology itself, and by the unique and visionary project that that Pelamis Wave Power and E.ON are delivering. The project is pulling the technology and sector forward, out of a long research and development phase and over the commercial Rubicon. It is exactly the type of project that our Marine Renewables Proving Fund was designed to support, it will lay a solid foundation for the Government’s commercial aspirations for the sector moving forward.”   Right: Ed Milliband and Richard Yemm CTO for Pelamis Wave Power. Thumbnail image: Ed Miliband climbs onto the P2 machine, photographed with Keith Lawson, Senior Operations Engineer at PWP. Fri, 5 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT First P2 elements launched in Edinburgh PWP recently launched the first tubes of the E.ON P2 Pelamis machine. With specialist heavy-lift equipment from Mammoet, the 190tonne tubes were moved from PWP’s fabrication hall to the nearby quayside. From there they were individually lowered into Leith Docks where they joint union was made. A further three tubes will be launched in March for final assembly and ballasting. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT P2 Project Awarded £4.8m of Funding Pelamis Wave Power and project partners E.ON have secured £4.8m of funding from the UK government’s Marine Renewable Proving Fund (MRPF). The MRPF is a government initiative managed by the Carbon Trust with funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) created with the intent of supporting the most promising technologies in the marine industry. Max Carcas, PWP’s Business Development Director, said “Pelamis Wave Power and our partners on this project E.ON, are delighted to have won such a significant award to support the manufacture, deployment and testing of our second generation Pelamis ‘P2’ machine. The P2 encompasses both our real at-sea operating experience with the first generation of machines, and a number of major technical innovations to improve manufacturability and enhance economic performance. The MRPF scheme represents a timely step-change in the levels and nature of support available from the UK Government, and is certain to both accelerate industry progress and to further cement the lead currently enjoyed by the sector in this country”. The first P2 machine is currently under construction at PWP’s headquarters in Leith and will be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney, later this year. The project with E.ON is the UK’s first commercial supply contract within the marine sector. The MRPF scheme will allow PWP to increase the scope and pace of trials planned for this machine. For further information please see: Carbon Trust BBC News story Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT Joint Venture with Vattenfall Announced to Develop Wave Power off Shetland PWP and Swedish utility company Vattenfall today announced a joint venture to develop a wave power project off the Shetland Islands. The project, off the Shetland Islands west coast, will be up to 20 megawatts in size and potentially use around 25 Pelamis P2 machines. The launch of the joint venture, called Aegir Wave Power Ltd, is announced today, the same day that Vattenfall’s new office in Edinburgh, and the first in Scotland, is due to be officially opened by the First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP, MSP. Neels Kriek, the new Pelamis Wave Power Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with Vattenfall on this ground breaking project which we hope will be one of many for our Scottish built P-2 Pelamis machine. We also anticipate this project being a leading candidate for the Scottish Government’s Saltire Prize for commercially proven wave power technology.” Pelamis Press Release below BBC News Report Scotsman News Report Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT Progress on P2 Pelamis Build PWP recently completed the installation of the accumulators, transformer and associated switchgear for the P2 Pelamis machine. The accumulators store and smooth the fluctuating energy absorbed from waves to allow Pelamis to generate at a steady continuous rate. The transformer is used to step up from our generating voltage of 690V to our current export voltage of 6.6kV. Once the modules are complete they will be joined to the tubes to complete each section. The P2 configuration allows more energy storage to be included at a lower cost, as longer individual accumulator vessels can be used. This reduces the cost of energy and further improves power quality. The build method is very similar to that commonly used in shipbuidling and submarine assembly where systems are installed in ‘slices’ which are subsequently welded together. This speeds up the assembly, minimises confined space work, and allows all systems to be modular. Hence the ‘slices’ can be fabricated in several locations if required and shipped to final assembly sites around the world. Fri, 6 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT First P2 Module Fabrication Complete Last week, the first of four power take-off modules for the E.on P2 Pelamis machine arrived at PWP’s assembly facility in Leith. The modules, each over 4.5m in diameter and 7m long will house the hydraulic power take-off systems and electrical generators. The modules were fabricated in Fordoun near Stonehaven by Neptune Deeptech. Their arrival is a significant milestone in the P2 machine’s assembly. Our aim is to complete final assembly of the machine in spring 2010 and commence operations at the European Marine Energy Test Centre (EMEC) in Orkney during the summer. This will be the second generation Pelamis machine to be tested at EMEC. In 2004, PWP’s prototype Pelamis was the first machine at EMEC to generate to the UK grid. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT PWP Complete Inspection of EMEC Mooring System PWP carried out a detailed survey of their mooring system at the EMEC site in September and October this year. The purpose of the survey was to asses the condition of mooring components for the E.ON P2 Pelamis machine due on site in 2010. All components were found to be in excellent condition. The survey was conducted using Delta Marine’s multicat vessel the Voe Viking. PWP initally installed a mooring system at the EMEC site in 2003. The mooring system which was inspected is an upgrade completed in 2006 and used with the Pelamis prototype machine. It includes a patented disconnection and connection system. The mooring system will undergo reconfiguration work to ready it for the installation of the Pelamis P2 machine. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Wave Power Secures £250,000 Carbon Trust Grant PWP are delighted to have been awarded a £250,000 grant from the Carbon Trust as part of the Marine Energy Accelerator Initiative. The funds will be used to improve PWP’s patented machine connection system and to develop a system for remotely manoeuvring Pelamis machines during installation and removal activities. For further information see: Guardian 'Marine energy companies to get funding boost from Carbon Trust' Guardian 'Waves of investment' Carbon Trust press release Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT New on-site Pelamis footage Click here to see some excellent new Pelamis footage filmed at Aguçadoura in 2008. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT First Minister visits Pelamis Wave Power Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP MP visited Pelamis Wave Power Ltd in Leith to see the construction of the P2, PWP’s next generation Wave Energy Converter. The machine is being built for E.on and is the first time a major utility has ordered a wave power project in the UK. He was accompanied by MEPs Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton and the SNPs four prospective European parliamentary candidates to mark the launch of the SNP’s European election campaign. The First Minister toured the entire site and spent time speaking directly to PWP engineers and project developers to gain some insight into their work and the future potential of the industry. He highlighted the importance of green jobs on his visit and said “Pelamis Wave Power is an excellent example of Scottish success, we are developing groundbreaking technology which will put Scotland at the forefront of Europe’s renewable revolution and create 16,000 green jobs in Scotland over the next decade.” Photos courtesy of The Times. BBC News report Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT First tube leaves fabrication hall The first major structural component of the new P2 Pelamis leaves the fabrication hall. PWP worked with lifting specialists Bernard Hunter and haulage company West of Scotland to move the 67 tonne assembly to the adjacent paint hall. The fabrication was completed earlier in the week by Steel Engineering who continue to work on the remaining four sections of the Pelamis structure at PWP’s Leith site. Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT PWP secures order from E.ON The company is delighted to announce an order from E.ON, one of the UK’s leading renewable generators, for the next generation of Pelamis Wave Energy Converter, known as the P2. The machine will be built at PWP’s new Leith Docks facility Edinburgh and put through its paces at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The new machine will be 180m long and includes a range of enhanced design features to improve performance and ease of manufacture. This will be the first time a major utility has ordered a wave energy converter for installation in the UK and the first time the P2 machine will be tested anywhere in the world. Pelamis Press release below E.ON Press release Scottish TV News report (video) Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT PWP moves to new location PWP has moved! From the 5th January 2009, PWP will be located in a new manufacturing plant in Forth Port’s Leith docks. The Bath Road facility comprises 7500 square metres of factory floor space and 2000 square metres of office space and will enable co-ordinated design, fabrication and assembly of PWP’s next generation of Pelamis machines under one roof. The company’s new address is: 31 Bath Road, Edinburgh EH6 7AH Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Company completes funding round PWP is pleased to announce the completion of a £5m funding round. The fundraising will underpin our ongoing investment in core R&D and continuing development of our manufacturing processes and facilities. The additional finance will enable us to accelerate the build of the first of our next generation of wave energy converters, which will begin in our new Leith premises. Press Release below Tue, 4 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT World’s first wave farm goes live Yesterday Manuel Pinho, Portugal’s Economy Minister visited the Aguçadoura wave farm in a ceremony to officially inaugurate the project. He travelled to the site on the Portuguese Naval Frigate “Corte Real” where a helicopter was launched to film the Pelamis machines and the raising of the Portuguese flag on one of the machines. At the same time EDP and Efacec announced their intention to join Babcock and Brown and Pelamis Wave Power in the venture, the next phase of which will be to extend the project with a further 25 machines. Press Release below Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT Remote control validated from Edinburgh Pelamis machines communicate to shore via a high bandwidth fibre optic cable within the main power cable. Separate high bandwidth and low bandwidth wireless connections are also built into the machines to give redundancy and fault tolerance. From the Aguçadoura control room data can be routed anywhere via the international telecommunications network. As part of the commissioning work routine remote control of the machine has been tested and validated from PWP’s main office in Edinburgh. The remote system allows full control of machine parameters (alarms, status indicators, hydraulic settings, power absorbed and generated) via the Pelamis control system and inspection of data from the separate SCADA system (strain gauges etc) including transmission of pictures from webcams embedded within the machine and in the water on the mooring system. Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT First electricity generation in Portugal As part of commissioning work of the mooring systems on site Pelamis machine 002 has been generating electricity into the Portuguese grid. The first electricity* from a commercial Pelamis machine was delivered on the 15th July 2008 at 18:15, shortly after being connected to the mooring system. Ramping up tests continue with electricity being generated in line with expectations. As work continues on the remaining mooring systems Pelamis machines 001 and 003 will be progressively commissioned on site in preparation for full project operation. When fully commissioned the 2.25MW wave farm will be the only wave power project of this scale anywhere in the world. *The first electricity generated by a full scale offshore wave energy converter was from the original Pelamis prototype tested in August 2004 at EMEC in Orkney. Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT Ocean Energy Workshop PWP participated in South Africa’s first ocean energy workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies on behalf of the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and Eskom Research and Innovation Department (ERID). The conference identified an opportunity for 8-10,000MW of South Africa’s supply to come from wave energy, primarily from the Western and Southern coastlines and called for government to take action to implement the necessary market enablement measures to harness this unlimited energy resource with high job creation potential. Full press release below. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT BBC Working Lunch Watch the BBC Working Lunch report on wave power here. "Simon gets to go inside one of the British wave power machines which are poised to head out into the Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. He first saw them two years ago when they were being built in Scotland. Simon brings you the latest news and look at the terms promised to the companies and investors involved in the world's first commercial wave farm." The programme visits our site in Portugal and looks inside a Pelamis machine. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Scottish Government Planning Approval For World’s Largest Generating Capacity Wavefarm First Minister Alex Salmond today announced that ScottishPower has been granted planning permission by the Scottish Government for the world’s largest generating capacity wave farm. Further information is available from the Scottish Power website.   Fri, 28 Sep 2007 00:00:00 GMT Wave Hub Given Planning Approval The UK Government will today give planning approval for the world’s first large scale wave farm off the coast of Cornwall in South West England. Full story from the SWRDA Website. Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:00 GMT New Name for Ocean Power Delivery Today, Edinburgh-based wave energy company, Ocean Power Delivery, announces its change of name to Pelamis Wave Power, reflecting the significant recent progress of the business as the Pelamis Wave Energy Converters move into production, and the company positions itself for growth. Full press release below Mon, 3 Sep 2007 00:00:00 GMT New Executive Appointments Wave power company, Ocean Power Delivery, is delighted to announce three senior appointments. Lord Colin Moynihan takes on the position of Chairman; Phil Metcalf joins the firm as CEO; and Diana Dyer Bartlett is appointed as CFO. Lord Moynihan’s career includes spells as both Energy and Sports Ministers in the late 1980s and early 1990s and senior board posts at independent gas developer and producer Consort Resources and wind power firm Clipper Windpower, one of AIM’s most successful green energy companies. Lord Moynihan is also Chairman of the British Olympic Association. Phil Metcalf joins as CEO from Global Crossing, the International global telecoms group, where he was Managing Director for the UK business and an Officer of the parent company and previously CEO of marine subsidiary, Global Marine. Earlier roles included Operations Director at engineering and construction firm, Stone and Webster, and various project manager roles in the offshore oil & gas industry. Diana Dyer Bartlett joins the company as CFO from FTSE mid 250 stockbroker, Collins Stewart plc, where she was Finance Director and recently played a key role in both the company’s successful demerger from Tullett Prebon and its purchase of corporate advisory business, Hawkpoint. Prior to that, Diana was Finance Director at Midlands Mining. She qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and spent several years in corporate finance at Hill Samuel Bank. Richard Yemm, Founder and moving to a new appointment as CTO said: “I am delighted with today’s announcement. These appointments will significantly strengthen the team in order to meet the growing opportunities to develop as a leading wave energy company.” Colin Moynihan commented: “I believe our Board has appointed a high quality senior management team with the experience to lead the company into the next phase of its development. We are now ready to commercialise the company’s world leading proven wave power technology.” Full press release available below Wed, 8 Aug 2007 00:00:00 GMT OPD Named Renewable Energy Company of the Year Ocean Power Delivery has been named Renewable Energy Company of the Year by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Further information Fri, 22 Jun 2007 00:00:00 GMT OPD Wins Positive Economy Award Ocean Power Delivery has won the first Positive Economy Award from HEC in Paris for building the first power station to harness wave power to generate electricity.  Further Information Thu, 22 Mar 2007 00:00:00 GMT UK’s First Wave Farm Announced Following an extensive refit and upgrade carried out at the company’s base in Leith the 750kW prototype Pelamis machine was successfully towed back to Orkney, where it will recommence onsite testing at EMEC within the next two weeks. The tests will provide additional resource and performance information for the recently announced ScottishPower project. The 120m long prototype machine has been upgraded to the latest production specification. New features include: a remotely operated mooring attachment system allowing the use of smaller support vessels to minimise operating costs improvements to the efficiency of the hydraulic power generation system an upgrade to the control system to enhance power capture performance The mooring and electrical connection hardware at EMEC has also now been fully upgraded and is ready to receive the test machine. Ahead if its return to Orkney the machine has successfully completed a series of intensive work up trials in the North Sea including testing of the new mooring attachment system, and full machine trials from a support vessel in waves up to 5 metres high. The new trials at EMEC will initially be to confirm the satisfactory operation of the new mooring system in Orkney, before moving to a series of intensive testing blocks to prove the performance of the upgraded system, and to provide design information for future machines. 2007 is proving to be a busy year for the Leith based wave energy company, with the new trials of the first machine in Orkney, followed by installation of the world’s first commercial wave farm in Portugal this spring, and the anticipated home-market order from ScottishPower for further machines at EMEC next year. The Scottish Executive today announced a funding package in excess of £4m for the £10m ScottishPower project. “It is going to be an exciting year for Ocean Power Delivery that will see us be the first in the sector to move from the development phase to full commercial production and operation,” said OPD Managing Director Richard Yemm, “we look forward not only to further operations in Orkney and Portugal, but particularly to signing the order for a project in home waters.” “The £4m Scottish Executive grant package awarded to ScottishPower today, along with the extensive upgrades of the EMEC infrastructure, provides the basis for a world leading Scottish project, using world leading Scottish technology.” he continued, “We are delighted with the level of support, commitment and priority the Scottish government is giving to this important new energy sector. Aggressive development and build out of the Scottish wave energy sector is critical to securing this huge economic and industrial opportunity, running to hundreds of billions in exports creating 10,000’s of long term jobs.” Full OPD press release available below Scottish Executive Press Release BBC News Website Tue, 20 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT David Miliband, Environment Secretary Visits OPD in Edinburgh On the day that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced its fourth report projecting the temperature rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, visited Leith to see Pelamis, the world’s first Wave Energy Converter to enter into commercial production. Mr Miliband together with Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, toured OPD’s Leith facility and climbed inside the Pelamis P1A Wave Energy Converter. Last week the machine completed successful sea trials in the North Sea, prior to its reinstallation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney later this month. OPD is currently completing the build of the world’s first commercial wave farm in Portugal and hopes to secure another order for a project in Scotland for build during 2007. Mr Miliband commented “It is hugely encouraging to see the UK leading the field in wave power and to see that taking measures to tackle climate change is not just about costs and penalties but that there is strong economic potential in UK jobs and exports if we can develop this market.” Max Carcas, Business Development Director for OPD commented “We are delighted to welcome David Miliband here. The World Energy Council estimates the market otential for wave energy to be more than 2000 terawatt hours per year – equivalent o the existing markets for nuclear and hydroelectricity, worth in excess of £500bn. If this global potential can be realised it could result in CO2 emissions being reduced by up to 2 billion tonnes per annum, an impact many times greater than the UK’s own renewables obligation, which itself is significant.” He continued “It is particularly important that the current DTI consultation on banding the renewable obligation goes forward in order to create a feeder market for this technology in the UK, much as countries like Denmark did 25 years ago for wind power. Since then the costs of wind generation have fallen more than 80%. With lower ‘opening costs’ than wind power we see the potential for wave energy to become one of the least cost forms of generation over time. However in order to do this it is vital that government creates the conditions for the private sector to invest in projects that will continue to drive down costs as the technology matures.” Full press release available below Fri, 2 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT Wave Power Project in the Sea off Cornwall E.ON UK and Ocean Prospect look to plug in to one of the world’s first large-scale wave energy farms. Full E.ON Press Release below. Wed, 13 Sep 2006 00:00:00 GMT Nicol Stephen Visits OPD Portugal On 30th of August, the Scottish Enterprise Minister, Nicol Stephen, visited OPD at the Peniche shipyard in Portugal. Scottish Executive Press Release Wed, 30 Aug 2006 00:00:00 GMT OPD Announces a Further £13m Investment Ocean Power Delivery (OPD), developer of Pelamis, the world’s leading wave energy technology, is pleased to announce that it has raised over £13m of new investment from a consortium of new and existing investors. The consortium was led by SAM Private Equity and includes Hydro Technology Ventures, The Carbon Trust, 3i, GE, Atmos, New Energies Invest, Partnerships UK, Impax Environmental Markets plc, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Sigma Technology Group, Sustainable Performance Group, Tudor Group, Vantania Holdings Limited and Commons Capital. The new finance will be used to fund expansion of the business to meet existing and anticipated orders and accelerate development and roll-out of the next generation machine. Full Press Release available below. Tue, 27 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT Enersis & OPD Present Agucadoura Wave Farm Project The Aguçadoura wave farm project was presented at the Peniche shipyard on the 12th of May. The event, coordinated by Enersis and Ocean Power Delivery, was witnessed by four Secretaries of State of the Portuguese Government, namely Defense & Sea Affairs, Transports and Environment, who classified the Pelamis as an “advanced wave energy conversion technology”. The wave farm will be rated at 2.25 MW at this first stage. On the 16th of May the Portuguese Minister for Economic Affairs & Innovation, Manuel Pinho, also visited the Peniche shipyard and the three Pelamis machines.   Tue, 16 May 2006 00:00:00 GMT UK Energy Minister Visits OPD Energy review consultation continues with ministerial visit to Fife and Edinburgh. “The UK marine energy industry is a world leader and Ocean Power Delivery in Scotland is at the forefront.” Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said today as he was given a tour of OPD’s site in Methil, Fife. The Minister will see production of the ‘Pelamis’ wave energy converters before travelling onto Edinburgh to meet usinesses, environmental groups and other Scottish stakeholders at a conference examining future technologies and transport issues. Full Press Release available below. Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT Pelamis Selected for Wave Hub The South West of England Regional Development Agency announced that the Pelamis would be one of three wave energy devices selected to occupy a position at the Wave Hub project off the coast of Cornwall. The project developers Ocean Prospect announced that they intend to generate 5MW, using Pelamis machines at their allocated position. Ocean Prospect South West of England Regional Development Agency Thu, 2 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT