Fred Olsen sails for Hawaii
Lifesaver wave energy unit leaves A&P Falmouth shipyard
Fred Olsen’s Lifesaver wave energy converter has left the A&P Falmouth Limited shipyard in Cornwall for deployment off the Pacific island of O’ahu in Hawaii.
The main sections of the device were manufactured, assembled and deployed from A&P’s base in Falmouth almost three years ago. The unit has since had rigorous testing at the local FaBTest site in Falmouth Bay.
“The redeployment of the device from the UK to the US indicates that the UK is still on top when it comes to wave power,” said A&P marine renewable energy manager Paul Weston.
Fred Olsen representative Alan Taylor added: “The proximity of the Falmouth facilities to the FaBTest site and the support of the Harbour Commissioners and local supply chain has always been a winning formula.
"When testing prototypes, problems will always present themselves, and having partners to hand that are capable and willing to assist has been key to the success of this stage of the project.”
“The next step is to demonstrate this experience to new markets and set the scope for the next stages of the development of the technology.”
Image: the Lifesaver leaves the A&P shipyard (RegenSW)