Videos

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Unless otherwise stated, all videos are the property of Pelamis Wave Power.

Aguçadoura Wave Farm from the air

Pelamis wave energy converter generating electricity into the Portuguese grid off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal, in October 2008. This footage was captured for the documentary ‘Home’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

‘Emptiness’ soundtrack courtesy of Alexander Blu.

E.ON Pelamis machine in Orkney

This clip shows the E.ON Pelamis machine operating at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland on 6th December 2010. The machine was built by Pelamis Wave Power for E.ON, and was named Vagr Atferd, Norse for wave power.

Graphic video by E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables

This graphic video, produced by E.ON and ScottishPower Renewables, shows a wave farm of two Pelamis machines.

A Pelamis machine constructed for E.ON has been undergoing testing as part of a pre-commercial demonstration process since October 2010 at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. This is one of the second generation Pelamis ‘P2’ machines. A second Pelamis P2 machine ordered by ScottishPower Renewables is currently in the final stages of commissioning in Leith, Edinburgh. This machine will join the E.ON Pelamis in parallel berths at EMEC later this year.

Installation of a Pelamis machine

This video uses clips from a few different Pelamis installations to demonstrate a typical install process, usually taking around 90 minutes to tow the Pelamis machine to site and remotely connect the machine to its anchoring system and electrical connection. Pelamis Wave Power is firmly of the view that the aggressive offshore environment is incompatible with any requirement for access to the machine while on-site, and for this reason has developed the unique system shown in this video for quickly and safely installing and removing the machine from its anchoring system and electrical connection.

For more information about the offsite maintenance strategy of Pelamis Wave Power and the technology that makes this possible, see our page ‘Operations & Maintenance

Time-lapse of a tube launch

The first tube of the P2 Pelamis machine built for E.ON is transported from the Pelamis manufacturing bay to the quayside in Leith Docks, Edinburgh in March 2010.

This time lapse video shows the launch of the nose tube into the water using two 500 Tonne cranes lifting in tandem. All five tubes of the Pelamis were joined and the power take-off units commissioned in Edinburgh, with an official naming ceremony in May 2010. The machine then underwent seatrials and was towed to Orkney, where it is currently undergoing testing as part of pre-commercial demonstration at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

For more information on the E.ON testing and latest results, see the E.ON Project page.

For more information about the offsite maintenance strategy of Pelamis Wave Power and the technology that makes this possible, see our page ‘Operations & Maintenance

Sea trials of the E.ON Pelamis

First sea trials of the Pelamis P2 wave energy converter built for E.ON 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.

Pelamis P2-002 painting

The first two coats of paint are applied to tubes 1 and 2 of the ScottishPower Renewables Pelamis machine. The Pelamis is a wave energy converter that generates electricity from the motion of waves. This Pelamis machine is a ‘P2′, the next generation Pelamis, and was manufactured in Leith, Edinburgh.

For more information and project updates about the ScottishPower Renewables’ machine, see the project page.

Tube launch filmed from nose

A camera attached to the nose of a Pelamis machine captures the launch of one tube of the machine into the quayside at Leith Docks, Edinburgh. The machine, built for ScottishPower Renewables, is rated at 750kW and is one of the second generation ‘P2’ Pelamis design.

Each Pelamis machine is 180m long and consists of five tubes. All five tubes of this machine were launched during a five-day period in April 2011. The completed machine will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, where it will be tested alongside an existing P2 machine built for E.ON.

A Pelamis machine in Aguçadoura

Birds relax from atop a Pelamis machine, operating offshore near Aguçadoura, Portugal.

The Aguçadoura Wave Farm was located off the coast of Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, in 2008 and consisted of three Pelamis wave energy converters. This footage shows one of the Pelamis machines, and was filmed from a nearby boat.

Pelamis Prototype, 2004

This video shows the original prototype Pelamis machine during sea trials in the Firth of Forth, before being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Pelamis-eye view

Footage from a nosecam positioned on the Pelamis prototype, installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the west coast of Orkney in 2007.

Development History

This video shows the development of the Pelamis concept through scale models in wave tanks, a seventh scale prototype tested in the Firth of Forth, a full-scale module power-take off, and finally a full-scale prototype. The full-scale prototype was installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney in 2004, and became the world’s first offshore wave energy converter to generate electricity into the national grid.

For more information about the development of Pelamis technology, see ‘Development History‘.

5th scale model showing resonance

Movements of the 35th scale model show how the machine uses resonance to maximise electricity generation.

For more information see the ‘Power Capture‘ page.

20th scale model in the ‘100 year’ wave

The Pelamis wave energy converter is built with survivability in mind. This video shows the verification of numerical modelling using a 20th scale model of the Pelamis, experiencing the extreme ‘100 year’ wave.

For more information see ‘Survivability

Numerical modelling verified with scale tank-tests

Experimental models are used in order to validate simulation results of numerical modelling.

For more information, see our ‘Testing and Verification‘ page.