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Wave Hub: Floating Turbine Application Revealed
2:44pm 6th September 2013
(Updated 2:44pm 6th September 2013)
There could be a floating wind turbine almost three times the height of Truro Cathedral off the Cornish coast.
Bosses have applied for consent to install and operate a floating wind platform demonstrator at the Wave Hub off the coast of Hayle.
The aim of the ETI project is to accelerate the commercial application of floating foundations for wind turbines which could open up new deep water areas for deployment and dramatically reduce the cost of offshore wind energy technology.
Wave Hub has applied for consent to operate the demonstrator in one of the four berths over a period of 10 years and it could host the project as early as 2015.
It could bring in £21 million of investment to the Cornish economy.
Wave Hub managing director Claire Gibson said: "We have been in discussion with key consultees about the design of this demonstrator over the past few months and our consent application takes on board their requirements. Today is an important milestone for the project and, if successful, would mean we have all the necessary consents in place for the floating wind generator.
"The UK Government's recently published offshore wind strategy recognises the enormous potential of the industry and we are excited and the prospect of Wave Hub playing a part in its development.
The Wave Hub project started three years ago but bosses are not expecting the first wave energy device to be hooked up until next year.
Fred Olsen is working with Wave Hub to complete a grid connection test in 2014 as a pre-cursor to an array development having successfully tested its BOLT Lifesaver device at FaB Test, the non-grid connected nursery test site in Falmouth Bay, for over a year.
Claire Gibson insists that industry demand for wave energy testing is there: "We will have to keep that under a review, we're a business. I hope that we'll be safeguarding the site for a genuine reason and there will be wave arrays deployed at the project in the foreseeable future."
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