Wave Hub in Hayle gets first customer

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After many years, and many millions of pounds, the Wave Hub offshore renewable energy test facility at Hayle will finally have something plugged in.

Wave energy company Seatricity is to develop a 10MW array over the next two years at Wave Hub, with a plan to deploy its second generation device at Wave Hub next year before building out to a full scale grid-connected array in 2015.

Seatricity managing director Peter Mitchell said: “Our first generation Oceanus 1 device has undergone extensive and successful sea trials in Scotland and we are ready to make the next step to Wave Hub. The technology is scalable so once we complete our testing next year we hope to move quickly to a full array. Wave Hub gives us the essential grid capacity to do that and we look forward to working with the team in Hayle and the extensive local supply chain in Cornwall.”

Wave Hub managing director Claire Gibson said: “Wave Hub was designed in response to industry demand for full scale array testing so we are delighted that Seatricity has recognised the advantage of demonstrating their technology at Wave Hub and signed a commitment agreement to take one of our four berths. We look forward to assisting them with their first deployment in the summer.”

Seatricity is intending to build its next generation Oceanus 2 device in Cornwall and use the local supply chain to support its marine operations. The company will also be locating its custom-builtwork boat Ocean Enterprise in Wave Hub’s home port of Hayle shortly.

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “The UK is one of the leading nations in the development of marine energy with around a quarter of the world’s wave and tidal technologies developed here in the UK. So it is good news that forward-thinking companies like Seatricity are continuing to develop the newest, most effective technologies. Thanks to our investment of more than £13 million in the Wave Hub facility they and others can test their products right here in this country.”

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the proposed investment by Seatricity at Wave Hub, especially so given that the devices will be built in Cornwall. Cornwall is incredibly well placed to become a national and world leader in marine renewable technology, and this investment signifies an important step on the road to achieving that goal.”

Seatricity’s patented Oceanus technology involves an aluminium float that travels up and down with the waves and operates a pump to pressurise sea water to drive a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity. The floats are tethered to blocks on the seabed and the pumps are linked together to generate substantial amounts of highly pressurised water.

The claim is that 10MW of electricity generated from the waves off Hayle will be sufficient to power up to 10,000 homes.

The announcement follows confirmation of the UK Government’s commitment to offshore renewables. Energy Secretary Ed Davey has confirmed that subsidy levels for wave energy will be unchanged from this summer’s draft proposals.

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2:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It appears to me that some representatives from Cornwall Council frequently boast things like "Cornwall is well placed to become a national and world leader" or "we are leading the way" before anything actually happens, like the stadium and South Crofty and the dredging of Falmouth harbour, all Cornwall seems to be doing is putting up windmills that other countries are now busy taking down, and as for Radio Cornwall keep boasting "loving where we live" we have the highest water rates in the country, the most ridiculous recycling collection service with hideous coloured bags, a low recycling rate and now plan to spend money resurrecting the Cornish language while we can't even be provided with a decent bus service to get anywhere to learn the language, in addition to which it seems to me that Cornwall Council cannot appear to decide whether or not all the Councillors should be based at Bodmin or Truro, before Cornwall Council boast about "leading the way" anymore perhaps they should decide exactly where we are leading the way to.
It appears to me that some representatives from Cornwall Council frequently boast things like "Cornwall is well placed to become a national and world leader" or "we are leading the way" before anything actually happens, like the stadium and South Crofty and the dredging of Falmouth harbour, all Cornwall seems to be doing is putting up windmills that other countries are now busy taking down, and as for Radio Cornwall keep boasting "loving where we live" we have the highest water rates in the country, the most ridiculous recycling collection service with hideous coloured bags, a low recycling rate and now plan to spend money resurrecting the Cornish language while we can't even be provided with a decent bus service to get anywhere to learn the language, in addition to which it seems to me that Cornwall Council cannot appear to decide whether or not all the Councillors should be based at Bodmin or Truro, before Cornwall Council boast about "leading the way" anymore perhaps they should decide exactly where we are leading the way to. Gillian Zella Martin 09

12:38am Wed 11 Dec 13

molesworth says...

Excellent rant Gill. Victor Meldew would be proud!
Yet again you hit the nails on the head. We are very good about talking things up here in Cornwall and it's about time someone said so.
Excellent rant Gill. Victor Meldew would be proud! Yet again you hit the nails on the head. We are very good about talking things up here in Cornwall and it's about time someone said so. molesworth

8:08am Wed 11 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

molesworth wrote:
Excellent rant Gill. Victor Meldew would be proud!
Yet again you hit the nails on the head. We are very good about talking things up here in Cornwall and it's about time someone said so.
What actually sparked my rant, was the fact a representative from Cornwall Council boasted at one time about the retail park at Hayle when it was first built, and yet once again no proper forethought was put into providing adequate parking facilities. I believe there was 'talk' at one time about an extension car-park, has that materialised?
[quote][p][bold]molesworth[/bold] wrote: Excellent rant Gill. Victor Meldew would be proud! Yet again you hit the nails on the head. We are very good about talking things up here in Cornwall and it's about time someone said so.[/p][/quote]What actually sparked my rant, was the fact a representative from Cornwall Council boasted at one time about the retail park at Hayle when it was first built, and yet once again no proper forethought was put into providing adequate parking facilities. I believe there was 'talk' at one time about an extension car-park, has that materialised? Gillian Zella Martin 09

6:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

CousinJack says...

Sorry Ms Martin, I think you are completely wrong.

Cornwall needs things like the wave hub, wind farms, dredging of Falmouth harbour, south crofty, so that we can generate well paid jobs to attract the best and brightest to cornwall and prevent the constant brain drain that strangles cornwall. The low-skilled in Cornwall are beholden to seasonal jons in tourism and agricultural, which is not good for anyone, its a bit meallymouthed to criticise politicians for praising projects that seek to abate this.

As for the cornish language, this is a core part of cornish cultural heritage and should be encouraged. the sums spent on cornish language are miniscule and to complain about it is simply little englander begrudgery. One of the big little england problems is lack of learning of languages, meaning a large competitive disadvantage againts our european cousins. It has been clearly demonstrated in many studies taht learning a second language (be it french, klingon, greek or cornish) enables a person to more easily learn another. Cornish language is a key for cornish children to their heritage and to a better future for them and cornwall.
Sorry Ms Martin, I think you are completely wrong. Cornwall needs things like the wave hub, wind farms, dredging of Falmouth harbour, south crofty, so that we can generate well paid jobs to attract the best and brightest to cornwall and prevent the constant brain drain that strangles cornwall. The low-skilled in Cornwall are beholden to seasonal jons in tourism and agricultural, which is not good for anyone, its a bit meallymouthed to criticise politicians for praising projects that seek to abate this. As for the cornish language, this is a core part of cornish cultural heritage and should be encouraged. the sums spent on cornish language are miniscule and to complain about it is simply little englander begrudgery. One of the big little england problems is lack of learning of languages, meaning a large competitive disadvantage againts our european cousins. It has been clearly demonstrated in many studies taht learning a second language (be it french, klingon, greek or cornish) enables a person to more easily learn another. Cornish language is a key for cornish children to their heritage and to a better future for them and cornwall. CousinJack

7:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

CousinJack wrote:
Sorry Ms Martin, I think you are completely wrong.

Cornwall needs things like the wave hub, wind farms, dredging of Falmouth harbour, south crofty, so that we can generate well paid jobs to attract the best and brightest to cornwall and prevent the constant brain drain that strangles cornwall. The low-skilled in Cornwall are beholden to seasonal jons in tourism and agricultural, which is not good for anyone, its a bit meallymouthed to criticise politicians for praising projects that seek to abate this.

As for the cornish language, this is a core part of cornish cultural heritage and should be encouraged. the sums spent on cornish language are miniscule and to complain about it is simply little englander begrudgery. One of the big little england problems is lack of learning of languages, meaning a large competitive disadvantage againts our european cousins. It has been clearly demonstrated in many studies taht learning a second language (be it french, klingon, greek or cornish) enables a person to more easily learn another. Cornish language is a key for cornish children to their heritage and to a better future for them and cornwall.
I believe you clearly have completely misinterpreted my first post. Firstly I do think Falmouth harbour needs dredging and have always supported the idea, additionally the revival of South Crofty would be good and the wave hub etc. My point was, that I believe certain representatives from Cornwall Council which incidentally are not politicians, make statements such as 'Cornwall are leading the way' " Cornwall is well placed to become a national leader" etc, before the event has actually happened, IE they are a little premature in congratulating themselves, "themselves" being 'Cornwall Council' about things that have not actually materialised quite yet.

Secondly, your reference to the Cornish language and your statement "to complain about it is little Englander begrudgery" is in my view an abstract, prejudicial, irrelevant statement. I am Cornish not English and many Cornish and English people I know are against Cornwall Council spending any money on promoting the Cornish language when people are being told things like children's and adult care services are being cut back on amongst many other reductions in services.

I speak English, Flemish and German, all of which I have found useful at home and abroad, I have yet to find anyone here or abroad that wishes to converse with me in Cornish, particularly none of the thousands of local tourists.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: Sorry Ms Martin, I think you are completely wrong. Cornwall needs things like the wave hub, wind farms, dredging of Falmouth harbour, south crofty, so that we can generate well paid jobs to attract the best and brightest to cornwall and prevent the constant brain drain that strangles cornwall. The low-skilled in Cornwall are beholden to seasonal jons in tourism and agricultural, which is not good for anyone, its a bit meallymouthed to criticise politicians for praising projects that seek to abate this. As for the cornish language, this is a core part of cornish cultural heritage and should be encouraged. the sums spent on cornish language are miniscule and to complain about it is simply little englander begrudgery. One of the big little england problems is lack of learning of languages, meaning a large competitive disadvantage againts our european cousins. It has been clearly demonstrated in many studies taht learning a second language (be it french, klingon, greek or cornish) enables a person to more easily learn another. Cornish language is a key for cornish children to their heritage and to a better future for them and cornwall.[/p][/quote]I believe you clearly have completely misinterpreted my first post. Firstly I do think Falmouth harbour needs dredging and have always supported the idea, additionally the revival of South Crofty would be good and the wave hub etc. My point was, that I believe certain representatives from Cornwall Council which incidentally are not politicians, make statements such as 'Cornwall are leading the way' " Cornwall is well placed to become a national leader" etc, before the event has actually happened, IE they are a little premature in congratulating themselves, "themselves" being 'Cornwall Council' about things that have not actually materialised quite yet. Secondly, your reference to the Cornish language and your statement "to complain about it is little Englander begrudgery" is in my view an abstract, prejudicial, irrelevant statement. I am Cornish not English and many Cornish and English people I know are against Cornwall Council spending any money on promoting the Cornish language when people are being told things like children's and adult care services are being cut back on amongst many other reductions in services. I speak English, Flemish and German, all of which I have found useful at home and abroad, I have yet to find anyone here or abroad that wishes to converse with me in Cornish, particularly none of the thousands of local tourists. Gillian Zella Martin 09

8:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

I think they should come back and tell us when something is actually plugged in and working.

I think Cornwall council are having a laugh putting money into the Cornish language and charging the poorest council tax making some people rely on food banks.
I think they should come back and tell us when something is actually plugged in and working. I think Cornwall council are having a laugh putting money into the Cornish language and charging the poorest council tax making some people rely on food banks. Rainbow over Helston

9:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

Incidentally Gill i understand your comment perfectly and evidentally so did molesworth.

That's a new English word for me "begrudgery" never heard of it!!
Incidentally Gill i understand your comment perfectly and evidentally so did molesworth. That's a new English word for me "begrudgery" never heard of it!! Rainbow over Helston

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