Wave Hub is the World’s Largest Wave Energy Site
Wave Hub Successfully Installed on Ocean Floor
The rushing waves off the North Coast of Cornwall, England are being put to good use in a unique wave energy project called the Wave Hub. The Wave Hub is the first offshore wave energy facility installed in England. It combines the energy output from four connected wave energy generators. The combined 20 MWe (megawatt electrical) can then be delivered and sold to the England’s power grid.
The Wave Hub is essentially a £42 million ($64 million) ‘socket’ resting on the seabed off Cornwall’s coast. Wave energy electricity generators can plug into the Wave Hub, much like appliances plug into a wall socket. Underground sea and land cables then connect the Wave Hub to a specific point in the electricity distribution network. Check out the installation in the videos below.
The Southwest Regional Development Agency (RDA), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and the British government partnered to provide the $64 million for the Wave Hub wave energy project that they hope will establish southwest England as a major figure in the world-wide marine energy industry. Ocean Power Technologies Limited is the first wave energy generator developer to sign on for the project, with at least three other companies lined up to participate in this groundbreaking project.
The Wave Hub wave energy project is expected to be operational sometime in 2011.