American wave energy developer, GWave has announced its plans for a 9MW wave energy project to be deployed at Wave Hub in Hayle.
GWave, based in Portland, Maine, USA has spent the past decade developing its Power Generation Vessel (PGV) technology, an innovative wave energy device of a scale that is unprecedented, and is preparing to bring the first full-scale vessel across the Atlantic for installation at the Wave Hub site in Cornwall. GWave chose Wave Hub in recognition of the strong wave resource, infrastructure, and industry experience available there.
Robert Stoddard, GWave's CEO said “our project launch at Cornwall's Wave Hub facility will be a critical step in GWave's program to bring to market cheap, clean electricity from the ocean. Wave Hub was our clear first choice for the full-scale demonstration because of the world-class facility and staff at Wave Hub as well as the deep maritime expertise and experience of South West businesses.”
Claire Gibson, Wave Hub’s Managing Director said “Today's announcement lifts the lid on a well-kept secret. GWave's wave device is exceptional and we are excited by the prospect of it being demonstrated at Wave Hub in Cornwall. We look forward to working with them to achieve what will be a major milestone for the industry.”
George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle said “Attracting GWave to Cornwall highlights a long term commitment to this sector, and I am excited about what this project will achieve in terms of tapping the ocean energy reserves off the coast of Cornwall to provide cheap, clean power to the UK."