Seatricity is a new British company dedicated to developing wave energy converters. The Seatricity concept involves multiple floats travelling up and down with the waves, operating pumps to pressurise sea water, which is piped ashore to drive a standard hydroelectric turbine to produce up to 1MW of electricity. Many individual pumps are connected together to produce substantial amounts of pressurised water.
Having tested a scale prototype device in the Atlantic Ocean off Antigua, Seatricity viewed it as a natural progression to test its full-scale prototype in the more challenging conditions at the Billia Croo wave test site.
The company set up a manufacturing base in Stromness in 2011 where the buoys for the device were fabricated. The device was first deployed at Billia Croo in 2013.
Seatricity’s project at EMEC will be decommissioned in 2014.