Vattenfall to test wave power device in Scotland

Sweden’s biggest utility, Vattenfall AB, plans to test a Pelamis Wave Power Ltd. device at the European Marine Energy Center in Scotland.

Vattenfall is seeking to take up the last remaining test berth at the research center, and begin trials in 2014, it said in an e-mailed statement.

The purchase of a Pelamis machine depends on an interconnector cable being laid between the mainland and Shetland Islands, where Vatenfall is proposing an array of at least 10 wave power machines, the company said.

Energy from the waves and tides has the potential to meet as much as 20 per cent of current U.K. electricity demand.

Scotland plans to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and has about 10 per cent of Europe’s total wave resources, according to the government.

“If Vattenfall is to use ocean energy to support its long term shift to low carbon generation, it needs to be confident that the technology it uses will be safe, reliable and productive,” Veijo Huusko, head of low-emitting energy research and development, said in the statement. “Scotland remains the most attractive place to explore the possibilities of ocean energy thanks to strong political backing, appropriate financial support and an exceptional energy resource.”

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