Scottish wave power start-up Mocean Energy has put its first wave energy conversion prototype, called Blue X, to sea at a test site at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The company said on Monday that the 20-metre long, 38-tonne wave machine had been towed from Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney, to EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site where it had been successfully moored and commissioned for initial sea trials. Mocean’s wave energy conversion technology is based on a “hinged raft” design that can be deployed at a grid-scale – called Blue Horizon – or on a smaller-scale, called Blue Star. The Orkney pilot was to use a half-scale version of the Blue Star model.
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The prospect of generating clean energy from waves moved a step closer as Mocean Energy commenced testing of their Blue X wave energy prototype at EMEC in Orkney. In the last few days the 20-metre long, 38-tonne wave machine has been towed from Kirkwall to EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site where it has been successfully moored and commissioned for initial sea trials. Later this summer the Blue X will be moved to EMEC’s grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will go through its paces in more rigorous full sea conditions.
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