Wave Energy Scotland has commenced the sustainable dismantling of its Pelamis P2 prototype wave energy converter. The Pelamis P2 001 was acquired by WES in 2014. During its 2 year testing period the device provided 15,000 hours’ worth of valuable data, which the organisation is now evaluating. As the planned test programme was completed over 2 years ago, WES is now dismantling its device. The work will take place in Orkney using local supply chain expertise, recycling or re-using components where possible. Other components will be examined to gather useful information about performance during the at-sea testing period. Orkney firm, Green Marine, will complete the operation by April 30th 2016.
The remaining Pelamis device – the P2-002 – which was previously owned by ScottishPower Renewables has been sold to EMEC. EMEC is currently looking at ways to employ the P2-002 for future learning opportunities within the industry, and is exploring options to use their device, which is currently based at Lyness in Orkney, as a test rig.
Tim Hurst, Managing Director of Wave Energy Scotland explained, “Pelamis was an important break-through in wave energy converter development, creating a wealth of of knowledge and experience about technology development and operational management. Whilst Pelamis was a significant milestone in the industry, Wave Energy Scotland’s programme aims to build on that success and create a winning technology for the future.”