Photo: Penguin wave energy device at BiMEP site (Coutrtesy of Wello)

Wello deploys Penguin wave energy device off Spain

Finnish wave energy company Wello has deployed its Penguin wave energy device off the coast of Bilbao in the Basque Country.

Photo showing Penguin wave energy device at BiMEP site (Coutrtesy of WellO)
Penguin wave energy device at BiMEP site (Coutrtesy of Wello)

The 600kW Penguin wave energy device has been installed at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP), located 1.5 kilometres off the Spanish northern coast, where it will remain for the following two years.

During this period, Wello will be undertaking several tests in order to fully validate its wave energy conversion technology.

Inspired by the natural movement of waves, the shape and power take of principle of the Penguin is rotation. The asymmetrical shape of the device is designed to capture the energy in the waves from all sides of the device.

As waves crash into its hull, the Penguin rotates in place around a central point, transferring and capturing the energy from the incoming waves.

“Over the past years wave energy has made its slow creep towards market readiness, with the typical justifications for the lack of diversification of the energy mix remaining the same. The technologies are too costly, unable to survive the oceans waves, high cost of maintenance and overcomplicated.

“Now, with Wello’s new deployed wave energy converter we have aimed to mitigate all of this, the simplicity of the solution is unparalleled. With only one moving part this wave energy converter is the most robust solution out there”, Wello said in a statement.

The deployment of the 44-metre Penguin device is part of the first joint project between Wello and Saipem, which aims to optimize the installation procedure and operability of the Penguin wave energy technology, and showcase the competitive advantages of similar cooperation deals.