Wello’s Penguin grows 15% stronger

Wello has informed that the new version of its Penguin wave energy converter produces 15% more power than the previous iterations.

Finnish wave energy developer Wello said the costs of the devices were kept the same for the Penguin WEC-3 with the increased power production.

The results were obtained through prototype testing of the newest iterations of Penguin WEC at the Danish Hydrological Institute wave tank.

The new WEC-3 Penguin is set to be deployed in Orkney, Scotland under the Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) project, Wello said.

A calculated power chart showcasing the results of how the new WEC-3 is set to perform in Orkney (Image: Wello)

Led by Fortum, the CEFOW project aims to ready the Penguin technology for commercialization by developing the first grid-connected wave energy array in the UK, with a focus on lowering the levelized cost of energy and developing an efficient supply chain to support larger wave power projects in the future.

To remind, Wello’s earlier version of the Penguin wave energy converter has been permanently deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo since March 2017.