Wave Energy Scotland mark major milestone with Mocean Blue X unveiling. Scotland’s wave energy industry is on course to take a big step forward, with Edinburgh-based developer Mocean Energy ready to deploy its scale prototype Blue X wave machine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. Mocean Energy’s Blue X device is already in place at Forth Ports in Rosyth, where it is being ballasted and wet-tested before being taken by lorry to Aberdeen and by freight ferry to Orkney and onto EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site. EMEC is a global centre of expertise, having hosted 30 different wave and tidal technology demonstrations, more than any other site in the world. Blue X is a prototype design that features a hinged raft with a unique geometry. It provides learning for both Mocean’s small-scale product line Blue Star and its utility scale product line, Blue Horizon that aims to deliver reliable green energy to transmission networks around the world. Blue X has been manufactured at Cowdenbeath-based fabricators AJS Production, with funding from Wave Energy Scotland’s Novel Wave Energy Converter programme. According to Wave Energy Scotland (WES), the body set up in 2014 to ensure the country maintains a leading role in the development of marine energy, this is a significant breakthrough for the entire industry.
Scotsman 29th April 2021 read more »