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Wello drops Wave Hub plans

Developer switches project site to Orkney’s EMEC from Cornwall

Wello drops Wave Hub plans image

Finland’s Wello has switched the installation site of a €24.7m wave demonstration project from Cornwall’s Wave Hub to Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Wello is making the switch of the EU-backed Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project because it is easier to deploy its 1MW Penguin wave device at EMEC during winter.

The device will be installed at EMEC’s Billia Croo grid-connected site located around 2km off Orkney's Stromness.

By contrast, Wave Hub lies 16km north of Hayle.

The CEFOW project was paused in the summer following a two-month delay in Wave Hub upgrading cables at the Cornish site.

Installation at Wave Hub was initially scheduled for June.

Wello plans to install a second 1MW Penguin device in 2018 at EMEC and a third a year later.

Image: Penguin wave device (Wello)

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