GWave sailing to Wave Hub
US developer to deploy 9MW device in Cornwall
US wave outfit GWave has taken the wraps off plans to deploy a 9MW device at Cornish development site Wave Hub.
The Portland, Maine company is preparing to bring its under-construction Power Generation Vessel across the Atlantic for installation in Cornwall.
Over recent months, GWave has engaged with the UK supply chain, including Falmouth-based Mojo Maritime, A&P and Northumberland-based Tension Technologies International.
GWave and its partners are now conducting detailed tests of the mooring system at the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport laboratory at Plymouth University.
The company said the project is being financed entirely by the private sector.
GWave chief executive Robert Stoddard said: “Our project launch at Cornwall's Wave Hub facility will be a critical step in GWave's program to bring to market cheap, clean electricity from the ocean.”
With a 9MW capacity, the GWave device is bigger than the largest commercially available offshore wind turbine.
Wave Hub director Claire Gibson added: “GWave's wave device is exceptional and we are excited by the prospect of it being demonstrated at Wave Hub in Cornwall.
"We look forward to working with them to achieve what will be a major milestone for the industry.”
Image: The 9MW Power Generation Vessel (GWave)