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Scotland to Build World’s Largest Wave Farm

Scotland to Build World's Largest Wave Farm

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A project that will culminate in the world’s largest wave farm, ultimately delivering 40MW of clean energy, has received approval from Scottish Ministers and will deployed off the coast of Scotland.

The project, using Aquamarine Power’s “Oyster” technology, will deploy 40 to 50 of the near-shore wave energy harvesting machines in the ocean off of the northwest coast of Lewis over the next few years.

“Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave power technology captures energy in nearshore waves and converts it into clean sustainable electricity. Essentially Oyster is a wave-powered pump which pushes high pressure water to drive an onshore hydro-electric turbine.

Wave power is generated by wind blowing over the surface of the ocean far out at sea. The action of the wind transmits energy into waves. These waves can travel vast distances with little energy loss before breaking on the shore. Our Oyster device is designed to harness this energy and convert it into electricity.” – Aquamarine

The devices will be located along the coast at Lag na Greine, near one of the best wave energy locations in Europe, and connect to an onshore hydroelectric power plant and other grid infrastructure, and could power as many as 30,000 homes.

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