Wave-power buoy tested off Scotland exceeds expectations

A wave power developer has said tests of a device off Scotland’s coast exceeded expectations. US-based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), which also has offices in Warwick, Warwickshire, deployed the machine from Invergordon, Easter Ross…

OPT has also been developing wave energy devices for powering US Navy and Marine Corps bases.

The tests off Scotland are mentioned in the company’s latest financial results. It said initial reported power levels for the system had outperformed expectations.

OPT added: “The company believes the capacity factor represented by these results exceeded that experienced by most other renewable sources.

Wave power is a natural, of course, for lots of active coastal waters. And my experience with oil-drilling platforms tells me it’s great for recreational and sport-fishing as well.

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