ScottishPower Renewables, part of Iberdrola, is responsible for progressing Iberdrola’s onshore wind and marine energy projects in the UK and Ireland, and offshore windfarms throughout the world, managing the development, construction and operation of all (current and potential) projects.
In May 2012, the company’s P2-002, designed and built by Pelamis Wave Power, was deployed at EMEC’s wave test site for the first time on an adjacent berth to E.ON’s P2-001. This was part of a unique joint working arrangement between the ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON to maximise learning from operating and maintaining the machines as a wave farm.
The 750 kW P2 comprised five connected sections which flex and bend in the waves. This movement was harnessed by hydraulic rams at the joints, which in turn drove electrical generators located inside the device. The device was 180 metres long, four metres in diameter and weighed approximately 1350 tonnes.
Unfortunately, Pelamis went into administration in November 2014 so demonstration of the P2 technologies came to a halt. In February 2016, EMEC acquired the P2-002 from ScottishPower Renewables and seeked ideas on future learning opportunities and R&D projects which may benefit from utilising the Pelamis P2-002 wave energy prototype. The device was later sold to Orkney Islands Council who are looking at potential alternative uses for the machine to retain its legacy in Orkney.
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