EMEC testing planned for EC-OG's ocean energy converter
Subsea Power Hub (Credit EC-OG).
Aberdeen, UK-based firm EC-OG will test its Subsea Power Hub (SPH), a turbine system producing power from ocean currents, at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Installation of a full-scale SPH device at the Shapinsay Sound test site will be carried out in April, EMEC said on Friday. It pointed out that the test programme will be a subsea industry first with the combination of a marine energy converter connected to lithium-based energy storage. Testing will validate the technical capability needed to meet a number of immediate high value subsea power applications.
“The SPH offers a step-change in reducing the cost of providing reliable electrical power subsea. With its unique configuration, energy storage and ability to operate with very low ocean currents a number of new markets become available,” said Richard Knox, managing director of EC-OG.