Mocean Blue X at EMEC Scapa Flow test site (Credit Colin Keldie)

Mocean Energy

Edinburgh wave energy developer, Mocean Energy, deployed its scale prototype wave energy converter, the Blue X, at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test sitein June 2021. Following initial sea trials at Scapa Flow, the Blue X will be moved to EMEC’s grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will go through its paces in more rigorous full sea conditions.

The Blue X is 20-metre long and weighs 38-tonnes. It is a floating hinged raft with a unique geometry designed to improve performance and increase survivability by diving through the largest waves. It was fabricated at Fife fabricators AJS Production.

The deployment and demonstration of the Blue X at EMEC is being funded by Wave Energy Scotland and supported by Interreg North-West Europe’s Ocean DEMO project.

Mocean Energy’s Managing Director Cameron McNatt said:

“In the Scapa testing phase, we will test power production and compare results against our numerical predictions, and we will test operations including towing, installation, removal, and access at sea. The device is standalone and operated wirelessly. A 4G connection allows us to send commands and download data from shore.

“I’d like to thank all of our local Orkney-based partners including EMEC, Leask Marine, Heddles, Orkney Harbour Authority and Orcades Marine for the help we have received to date.”

 

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