Green energy out of the blue
As the world strives to decarbonise the way we live, travel, and work, there is an urgent need to rapidly increase the generation and use of electricity from renewable power.
Today we can successfully capture energy from the sun, wind and even tides, but we have not yet succeeded commercially in harnessing one of the largest green energy sources on earth – our ocean waves.
It's estimated that worldwide, there is more than two terawatts of wave power around our shores . If we could harness just one percent of that resource, we could power 50 million homes and save more than 50 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
At Mocean Energy we have built an expert team combining scientific principles and real-world experience to develop new technologies which can harness the power of waves – and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon world.
Our approach utilises numerical modelling and optimisation, rapid prototyping and tank testing – allied to hard-won ocean experience – to deliver wave energy machines that produce high levels of power for their size and work in some of the world’s harshest environments.
Already we have secured more than £4 million in funding support from the Scottish and UK governments and the EU and are progressing prototype plans for our two core technologies – Blue Star and Blue Horizon.
Blue Star : reliable, affordable, renewable
The Blue Star wave energy converter will provide reliable, affordable renewable energy to power a range of subsea applications – from control systems to ROVs and autonomous underwater vehicles. This small-scale device is the design stage and will provide continuous communications and green power generated by waves and stored in batteries.
Blue Horizon : grid-scale power
We are also developing a much larger hinged-raft wave energy converter – known as Blue Horizon – based on the same principles as Blue Star. This machine will deliver grid-scale power and is designed to be deployed in farms off the coast.
Blue Horizon design has already undergone rigorous tank testing and computational modelling – and Mocean Energy has secured £3.3 million from Wave Energy Scotland to build and deploy a scaled prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney in 2020.