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:
“EMEC’s Scapa Flow wave energy test site is a really great site for starter testing. We’re getting about one weather system a month when we’re generating some data and we’re also getting to prove a lot of our operations and verify the performance of the machine.”
- June 2021: Mocean Energy Blue X wave machine starts sea trials at EMEC
- April 2021: Mocean Energy unveils wave energy prototype
- January 2021: Mocean Energy edges closer to EMEC deployment
- November 2020: Ocean DEMO awards support to 12 developers for 3rd call
- August 2020: Mocean Energy Decommissioning Programme
- January 2019: Two Scots firms secure £7.7m funding to test at EMEC