Wello Installs Penguin Wave Energy Converter Off Scottish Coast.
The Penguin wave energy converter is now floating and connected to mooring system in Billia Croo test site. After careful planning the actual installation of the Penguin took only 36 hours. The installation was conducted by a multicat vessel assisted by a harbour tug.
Initial results confirm efficient rotating movement of the device even in smaller waves than originally anticipated. Installation will be followed by data collection and performance optimization based on the data.
Heikki Paakkinen, Founder of Wello commented right after the installation: “I was surprised by the ease of the deployment. Once everything was well prepared and planned there were no major surprises. From the installation point of view a floating device is a perfect solution.”
Wello Penguin is a unique and patented construction to harvest ocean energy. It is based on industry standard components, including a generator typically used by wind turbines, to allow scalable manufacturing by virtually any shipyard using existing manufacturing processes.
The Wello Penguin has a power generation capacity of 0.5-1MW, with an upgrade path towards 10MW. A fully sealed floating generator platform, with all moving parts inside the platform, Penguin delivers harvested energy as electricity to the national grid.
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July 7, 2012 – Vol. 17 No.16