The Pelamis P2 machine successfully completes sea trials
Posted on: Friday 18th June 2010
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.