The wave energy convertor (WEC) Wello Penguin has arrived at A&P Falmouth for maintenance alongside the deep water Duchy Wharf.
Finnish Company Wello Oy’s wave energy convertor Penguin is a strong, patented wave energy solution designed to work in harmony with the ocean. The Penguin vessels float on water and capture kinetic energy, which is then turned into electrical power.
Paul Weston, A&P’s Renewable Energy Technical Manager said: “We are delighted to have secured an order to maintain the device prior to its deployment at Wavehub this summer.
“Renewables devices are becoming larger and deeper which in turn means they require deeper harbours, deeper berths and more wharf space in order to deploy them and provide operations and maintenance support. The Penguin is case in point and this project clearly showcases the facilities, skills and commitment we have here at A&P Falmouth for renewable energy.
“This is now our third wave energy convertor at Falmouth including Fred Olsen’s Lifesaver and Seatricity’s Oceanus II.”
Aki Luukkainen, CEO of Wello Oy said: “We are excited to start working with A&P Falmouth to prepare the device for a long term deployment at Wave Hub. I am confident that with the help of the other Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) partners and the local supply chain we will deploy on schedule and start generating power.
“The Penguin will be installed as a part of the CEFOW project. The European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 granted €17million of the project’s total €24.5million budget.”
The Penguin represents a way of producing sustainable energy in harmony with the environment as the vessels are placed so they do not disrupt the water’s natural movement or disturb marine life.
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK, in addition to a ship repair yard in Australia. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.