Aquamarine Power CEO Martin McAdam with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

Aquamarine Power's next-generation Oyster 800 unveiled by First Minister

13 Jul 11

The UK's leadership in the development of wave-generated power continued apace today when Aquamarine Power invited Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond MSP to unveil Oyster 800, our next-generation hydro-electric wave energy converter.

800kW device

At a ceremony at Burntisland Fabrications' yard at Methil, Fife, the First Minister welcomed the advancements in wave energy conversion being made by Aquamarine Power and unveiled the 800kW device. 

Oyster 800 will now be transported by sea from the Firth of Forth to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney for installation later this summer.

Improved power output

Oyster 800 operates in the same way as Oyster 1, but we have used data and lessons learned from the first Oyster to significantly improve its power output, simplify installation and allow easier routine maintenance. 

We have modified the shape of Oyster and made the device wider to enable it to capture more wave energy. It is now mounted on two seabed piles, rather than four to simplify installation. Oyster 800 has also been designed to make maintenance and operations easier and more cost effective. 

Burntisland Fabrications manufactured Oyster 800 at its Methil and Arnish yards.

Oyster 800 will be the first of three devices to be installed at EMEC, with further Oysters to be deployed in 2012 and 2013. All three Oysters will be linked to an onshore hydro-electric plant to form a 2.4MW array.