Wello’s Penguin WEC2 Arrives in Orkney for Deployment
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Wello’s Penguin wave energy converter – WEC2 has arrived in Orkney, Scotland where it awaits deployment.
The WEC2 arrived from Tallinn shipyard to Orkney, where it will be installed by the coast.
The Penguin WEC2 is Wello’s first full-scale commercially ready wave energy converter.
Wello has previously tested it’s prototype the Penguin WEC1 at Orkney where it surpassed the expectations set by the team at Wello.
The Penguin WEC2 features improved mooring design, hull shape to maximize energy capture and other quality of life improvements, Wello explained.
Wello’s CEO Heikki Paakkinen said: “We are happy to deploy our Penguin WEC soon and hope for a quick deployment to show what a commercially ready wave energy converter is capable of. We are very thankful to the large amount of public support and backing. This support shows that the public also sees the huge potential for wave energy and there is strong drive for more clean energy solutions on the market. The deployment of this device will be a significant milestone in wave energy technologies. This Penguin shows finally that wave energy has reached a commercial stage after a long gestation period. The deployment is setting the foundation for several large-scale projects around the world.”
WEC2 is funded by both the European Commission’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020 Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW), and project participants.