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Subsea Hub result off Orkney

EC-OG device installed, operational at EMEC's Shapinsay test site

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Aberdeen company EC-OG has successfully installed its now-operational Subsea Power Hub marine energy device in the waters off Orkney.

The device was put into place at the European Marine Energy Centre’s test site at Shapinsay yesterday and switched on almost immediately.

“The unit is currently performing in line with the technical predictions,” said EC-OG, which added the device will be left to run 100% autonomously through the summer with wireless data monitoring.

The SPH uses “a combination of marine energy convertor coupled directly to a lithium-based storage system”, the company said.

Engineering director Robert Cowman said: "We were able to successfully complete the installation and commence testing ahead of schedule. Having a vertical axis turbine means that the SPH is operating effectively in these unpredictable, sporadic flow conditions.”

Support for the project came from Leask Marine, Castle View and Scottish Enterprise.

Image: EC-OG

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