In 2005, E.ON – the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company and one of the UK’s leading renewable generators – set up a dedicated development team to investigate the various wave and tidal technologies and build up a portfolio of projects. Marking the first significant investment in wave power, the company bought a second generation Pelamis Wave Power Ltd P2 machine in 2009: the world’s first wave power machine to be purchased by a utility company.
Arriving in Orkney in July 2010, the 750 kW P2-001 machine was installed at the Billia Croo wave test site for the first time in October. Following a three-year testing programme, the P2-001 returned to the ownership of Pelamis Wave Power, for continued demonstration alongside the ScottishPower Renewables owned P2-002.
Pelamis Wave Power went into administration in November 2014, and its assets and IP were transferred to Wave Energy Scotland. Knowledge capture and lessons learnt have been published on the WES Knowledge Capture Library and shared with wave energy technologies that have followed in Pelamis Wave Power’s wake.
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