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Dismantling Pelamis P2 001 in Orkney

15 March 2016

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.”


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