BiMEP marine energy testing platform (Biscay) begins testing a new floating wave energy collector owned by the Finnish company Wello.

After analyzing various European installations, Wello opted for the service offer offered by BiMEP for the next 24 months.

The device will make a two-week trip from its current location in northern Scotland and, later, it will be anchored in BiMEP, a limited area for testing floating devices for power generation – wind and wave power – located in the open sea 1.5 km from the coast of Armintza.

Penguin 2 is a patented wave energy converter, evolution of a first device tested in Scotland for a few years and which has passed sea trials with good prospects.

It consists of a floating hull with an exterior appearance very similar to that of a boat but with an optimized design for greater capture of wave energy, which contains a rotating device inside.

The waves cause a rotational motion inside the hull which, when connected to a generator, produces electricity. The maximum power of the device is 1 MW and the energy produced, even on a trial basis, could reach one million kWh. Thanks to the underwater infrastructure available to BiMEP, this energy will be transferred to the ground by cables and discharged to the general distribution network.

This device is distinguished by the absence of hydraulic transmission, seals or gears inside, which makes it unique in its kind.

Wello intends to continue checking the power output of the device in Basque waters, in addition to checking the control software.

In addition, the Italian world leader in engineering and offshore activities, Saipem, has partnered with Wello to lead the Penguin 2 marine operations. They will use the experience of this implementation to assist them in further converter deployments. Penguin around the world.