Renewable technology developer Wello's Penguin wave energy converter has been granted permission for full-scale deployment by Marine Scotland after the technology was verified by leading certification body Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The device was tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
The 0,5 MW Penguin device produces sustainable power through wave energy conversion. Penguin captures kinetic energy turning it into usable power while riding the waves. The 220 tonne vessel (excl. ballast), approximately 30 meters in length, is held in place by three wires anchored to the seabed below.
Penguin is designed to be simple, reliable and extremely durable in order to withstand the harsh conditions of the ocean environment. The outer structure is made of tough, recyclable materials. All operational parts are placed inside of its protective cover. The Penguin represents great value over lifetime as its very low maintenance. Overall it has a longer lifecycle than an average wind power plant.
Successful testing of Penguin at EMEC would mean the full scale generator is capable of deployment in larger wave energy parks worldwide.