Wave power scheme shelved

A wave power energy scheme behind a green project off the Shetland coast has been shelved, marking a set-back for isles’ renewables.

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has concluded a six-month review of its ocean-energy interests, and has opted to focus its investment on wind energy instead.

The company says its research and development team in Stockholm will maintain a “watching brief” on the wave power sector.

Vattenfall and marine renewable company Pelamis Wave Power (PWP) are major shareholders of Aegir Wave Power Ltd, which was behind a 10MW wave power pilot a few miles off Bigton.

But doubt was cast on the project in November when Pelamis entered administration. Now, an announcement has been made that Aegir is being wound up.

Pelamis, meanwhile, has been sold by administrators to Wave Energy Scotland, which has taken over PWP’s assets and hardware.

The move now means a memorandum of understanding reached with the council and charitable trust in 2012 to jointly develop the potential of ocean energy around the islands is being reviewed.

Vattenfall’s Bjorn Bolund said: “In 2009 when we launched Aegir with PWP we had high hopes for wave power off Shetland.

“Unfortunately the wave sector has not developed as planned. Set against Vattenfall’s pressing need to decarbonise our own power supply it has proved difficult to continue investing heavily in wave power in the absence of a commercial technology.”

Mr Bolund said Vattenfall continued to have an interest in Scotland’s wave energy sector.

“Vattenfall’s six-month review of our work in the wave power sector concluded that there remains long term potential – not least because of the strong support provided by the Scottish government and the unrivalled resource off the Scottish coast – and so we will watch the sector very carefully in the hope that there will be progress toward securing a commercial technology.

“The voluntary liquidation of Aegir is a logical outcome of our six month review and the recent delays experienced by the sector.”


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  • Ali Inkster

    • February 6th, 2015 16:01

    Good da Burra Haaf will provide more for wir economy as a fishing ground than some intermittent power source.

  • Chris Johnston

    • February 6th, 2015 20:23

    ““Unfortunately the wave sector has not developed as planned. Set against Vattenfall’s pressing need to decarbonise our own power supply it has proved difficult to continue investing heavily in wave power in the absence of a commercial technology.”

    Translated into simple English, “We’re not receiving the subsidies we expected, the apparatus costs more and produces less electricity than we expected, so we can’t make any money with it. We’re closing the doors and cutting our losses.”

  • iantinkler

    • February 7th, 2015 11:33

    One Salmond/Ewing white elephant sinks without trace. How many more before we are bankrupted.

  • John Tulloch

    • February 7th, 2015 14:16

    If the Supreme Court verdict is to be announced on Monday then, presumably, it has been decided for some time and, doubtless, Vattenfall will have access to a “Daniel” to interpret the signs for them?

    “At the feast of Belshazzer and ten thousand of his lords
    As they drank from golden vessels as the book of truth records
    In the night as they reveled, in the royal palace hall
    They were seeking consternation t’was the hand upon the wall.”

  • Sandy McMillan

    • February 8th, 2015 22:27

    The Shetland population should have listened and taken Stuart Hill more seriously when he stood alone against, Viking Energy, Shetland Charitable Trust, and the Scottish and Southern power company, what Mr Hill said in the the Courts, was exactly as it went on Centurys ago, Shetland has the right to decide its fate, not a bunch of Numpties that are out to make them selves very rich, The Courts or Governments should not be making decisions on Shetlanders behalves, a vote by Shetlanders is the only way forward, Had the Shetlanders listened to Mr Hill, they would not find these outsiders making demands on what they can do, This has to go to a public vote by Shetlanders.


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