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Edward Davey sees wave power in action

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Secretary of State Edward Davey visited Inverness, Scotland on Saturday for a roundtable discussion on Scottish renewable energy. The conference…

Secretary of State Edward Davey visited Inverness, Scotland on Saturday for a roundtable discussion on Scottish renewable energy.

The conference was a good way for him to meet some of DECC’s key Scottish stakeholders, and to discuss areas of the department’s agenda such as Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and ProjectTransmit.

The Secretary of State then went to visit Wavegen (pictured), a wave energy company based in Inverness. Wavegen was the first company in the world to connect a commercial scale wave energy device (LIMPET) to the grid on the Scottish island of Islay. The LIMPET (Land Installed Marine Powered Energy Transformer) is a shoreline device which produces power from an oscillating water column.

On 17 November 2011, Wavegen also put into operation the world’s first commercial full life Limpet wave power plant.

During the Wavegen visit the Secretary of State was given a demonstration of the wavetank in operation, followed with a presentation of the various models they currently have on the Limpet plant and the Mutriku plant in Spain.