12 months have passed since launching the Pelamis P2 wave energy machine off the coast of Orkney in Scotland, and it’s owners have heralded it’s ‘encouraging’ results after a full year in use. One of the first of it’s kind, the Pelamis P2 is a wave energy converter owned by ScottishPower Renewables, who have posted up the statistics from the device today – making for some interesting reading.
Since last year, the P2 has:
- Experienced around 90% of average annual sea state occurrences, swells, waves, seasonal variations etc.
- Weathered waves up to nine meters in height
- Racked up 7500 hours connected to the grid (an average of around 20 per day)
- Exported over 160MWh to the grid
Part of the European Marine Energy Centre, the P2 has undergone a rigorous first year of testing, and has been monitored stringently for it’s energy output by the team in Orkney since being powered-on in May 2012.