Penguin wave energy converter marks 150-day milestone

Wello Oy has informed that Penguin wave energy converter (WEC) has now been operational 150 days since its deployment from the beginning of March.

The 1MW Penguin WEC was installed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo by Orkney-based Green Marine.

This is the first of three wave energy converters due to be installed at EMEC over the next three years as part of the CEFOW (Clean Energy from Ocean Waves) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Wello’s Penguin device uses its asymmetric shape to convert the waves to electricity with continuous rotational movement.

In a floating element, motion energy is directly captured by a generator, resulting in conversion from movement to electricity without hydraulics, joints or gears.

Tidal Energy Today Staff

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