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Member News18th Sep 2023

Multi-party wave energy project passes 4-month test

A renewable subsea power (RSP) project has successfully completed its initial four-month test programme offshore Orkney, partner Verlume said in late August.

Blue X wave energy converter – built by Edinburgh company Mocean Energy (pictured below) – was connected with a Halo underwater battery developed by Aberdeen intelligent energy management specialists Verlume in a ‘first-of-its-kind’ project.

The experiment used intelligent subsea battery storage to manage the inherent intermittency and deliver a continuous power output through the batteries. Baker Hughes provided the electronics modules.

In addition, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) provided by Transmark Subsea and docked at the Halo system was charged 50 times to show effective clean power delivery to underwater vehicles.