Established in 1909, Vattenfall is Europe’s sixth largest producer of electricity and largest producer of heat, operating in generation, distribution and sales. The parent company, Vattenfall AB, is 100 per cent-owned by the Swedish state.
Vattenfall is the latest utility to secure a test berth at the Billia Croo wave test site in Orkney where they intend to test the latest generation Pelamis Wave Power device in 2014.
The current 750kW Pelamis P2 design comprises five connected sections which flex and bend in the waves. This movement is harnessed by hydraulic rams at the joints which in turn drive electrical generators located inside the device. The device is 180m long, four metres in diameter and weighs approximately 1350 tonnes. Vattenfall will be testing an enhanced design of the Pelamis P2.
As part of a joint venture with Pelamis named Aegir Wave Power, Vattenfall plan to pilot a 10MW wave farm in Shetland, subject to successful development of the Aegir site and following the testing of the Pelamis machine at EMEC.