Categories: Business, Forth Ports, KirkwallPublished On: 28.01.2021340 words1.8 min read

Edinburgh wave energy developer, Mocean Energy, is gearing up to deploy its scale prototype, Blue X wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Mocean Blue’s Jon Clarke and Cameron McNatt with the Blue X.
Mocean Energy has signed a berth agreement to test at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site.
The Blue X has been fabricated at Fife fabricators AJS Production and has been funded by Wave Energy Scotland’s Novel WEC programme. It is a floating hinged raft with a unique geometry that improves performance and increases survivability by diving through the largest waves
The Blue X has been transported to Forth Ports Rosyth where the technology will be fully assembled, ballasted and wet tested.
Once complete the device will be shipped from Aberdeen to Orkney.
The deployment and demonstration of the Blue X at EMEC is being funded by Wave Energy Scotland and supported by Interreg North-West Europe’s OceanDEMO project.
Jon Clarke, Mocean Energy’s project manager said: “We are thrilled to be testing our Blue X prototype wave energy converter at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site this coming spring, and we are also developing plans to test the device at the Billia Croo full-scale testing site following the Scapa Flow test.