LONDON – In mid-May, a prototype wave energy converter weighing 38-metric tons arrived in Orkney, an archipelago located in waters north of mainland Scotland.
Later this summer the bright yellow, 20 meter long piece of kit — dubbed Blue X — will be transported to one of the European Marine Energy Centre’s test sites, where it will undergo initial sea trials.
Developed by a firm called Mocean Energy, the Blue X will be the latest piece of technology to be put through its paces at Orkney-based EMEC.
Many other companies have undertaken testing at the site over the years. They include Scotland’s Orbital Marine Power, which is working on what it describes as the world’s most powerful…