Wave energy scheme in Scilly Isles has been gathering momentum
A PROJECT to generate wave energy in Scilly waters – described as in the development stage two months ago in The Cornishman – has advanced towards becoming a reality.
The London and Pisa-based company 40 South Energy proposes locating three seabed generators off the St Mary's shore, 0.22 nautical miles south east of the airport in what would be the first purely commercial Wave Energy Park (WEP).
It is planned the Scilly WEP would comprise three R115/150kW machines for a total of 450kW of installed power.
40 South Energy's Elisa Bertinelli said the company was currently completing the scoping report containing all the data gained so far in the project.
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"That involves the site of installation, the cable path (at sea and on shore) and an environmental impact analysis."
A recent check has been made on the proposed cable track.
"Our marine biologist, accompanied by our project manager, Chris Bush, made three dives in the area."
The scientist travelled from Italy picking up the internal project manager for the WEP in Plymouth.
The company said it would soon "submit and discuss the document with the relevant authorities – the Islands' Council and Marine Management Organisation – for approval".
Island diver Peter Carss took the biologist and project manager out in his boat Scavenger.
"They mapped out the track of the intended cable in a sea area of 280sq m," said Peter.
The company is trying to accelerate development as much as possible, said Ms Bertinelli.
"Once permission has been obtained the company will be able to move quickly and put the first unit in place." The non-visible machines would be marked by illuminated buoys.
An innovative financing structure is being considered in which there could be "widespread ownership of the WEP and of one of the machines".
It is claimed that, should the pilot succeed, Scilly could become self- sufficient in electricity.