Wello’s Penguin wave energy device has generated electricity for the UK national grid during tests off the coast of Scotland.

The Finnish developer’s machine was connected to the grid at the European Marine Energy Test Centre (EMEC) off Orkney as part of EU Horizon 2020-backed Clean Energy from Ocean Waves project.

Senior project manager Mikko Muoniovaara said: “This last month has proven the viability of the Penguin concept, as not only can the technology survive in the harsh waves around Orkney, but it can generate power from them.”

Two more wave energy converters will be installed at the site over the next three years as part of the scheme, which aims to boost the commercial viability of wave energy projects.

Image: Wello

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