Aquamarine Power gets permission for wave power unit installation

ORKNEY, Scotland 3/1/12 (PennWell) -- The Scottish government recently approved the installation of two Oyster wave energy converters at Billia Croo on the Orkney mainland, manufacturer Aquamarine Power announces.

The ocean power devices will be installed as part of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), which seeks to create 200-MW of wave energy at the demonstration site. Combined, Aquamarine Power's units will contribute 2.4 MW to the project.

The Scotland-based company received US$10.8 million during a round of funding in 2011 and has received significant investments from SEE and ABB, according to Aquamarine Power's website.

Assuming installation goes as planned, the company says its two devices will be the United Kingdom's first grid-connected nearshore wave power arrays.

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