According to Fortum a transition to a solar economy in which energy production is based entirely on renewable energy sources is inevitable, but it will be a gradual process. Wave power is an inexhaustible and emissions-free form of energy that can play an integral role in the future, reasons why Fortum has focuses significant resources on wave power research and development.
The Wave Hub facility provides Fortum with the capability to test wave power converters in favorable ocean conditions. The site is consented, constructed, and grid connected to significantly decrease the time it takes to get devices into the water. Wave Hub’s berth will be able to handle as much as 10 megawatts (MW) installed generation.
Fortum’s chief technology officer Heli Antila explains, “This is as much ‘plug and play’ as it gets when it comes to wave power generation development. The site already has everything we need to start testing. From the very beginning, Wave Hub has been very supportive of our project development, which is important as this is a testing environment.”
Antila adds: “One wave power solution that we are currently evaluating to be deployed at the site is the Penguin, developed by Finnish wave power company Wello. This technique comprises vessels that float on the water and capture kinetic energy, which is then turned into electrical power, with minimal anchoring attached to the bottom.”