Wello has been testing full scale grid connected wave energy converter, the Penguin, in Orkney Scotland since 2012. During this time the device has experienced even the harshest ocean conditions and survived several storms with up to 12 meter wave heights. As of today all components inside the device are still original from 2012 further building confidence that wave energy can be deployed with minimal service needs.
Wello has been preparing deployment to Cornwall together with utility company Fortum. News release
This co-operation has materialized in CEFOW - Clean Energy From Ocean Waves project.
The European Commission's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 granted €17 million in funding for the project coordinated by Fortum. The CEFOW project aims to deploy multiple wave energy converters (WECs) with improved power generation capability and demonstrate that they are able to survive in challenging sea condutions over a period of several years. In addition, a realistic roadmap will be developed for cost reduction to bring the levelised cost of power nearer to commercially viable level in the future. CEFOW also has a fantastic starting point in that the devices will be deployed at WaveHub, the world's most technologically advanced test centre for offshore renewable energy technologies, where all the required infrastructure, including grid connection and permmits, are already in place.
CEFOW is aiming to be the first project to grid connect an array of wave devices in the UK and to create an efficint supply chain to support larger wave power projects in the future.
More information about the project and strategic project partners can be found from the CEFOW project web pages.
Wello has started testing at Plocan Test Site, off Gran Canaria NE coast a wave energy converter prototype Penguin II. This device extends the applicability of Wello's patented technology to new geographical regions.