SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Saipem and Wello Oy have agreed to deploy the latter’s WEC Penguin technology at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) test area offshore northern Spain.
BiMEP is an open sea marked zone dedicated to supporting research and technical testing of prototype floating marine renewable energy devices.
Saipem will transport the WEC Penguin “WEC2” from a yard in the Orkney Islands to the BiMEP test area. Works encompass towing, mooring installation, deployment of the WEC2, operation and maintenance, and other marine works.
WEC Penguin technology enables a floating hull to transform the motion of ocean waves into energy through a rotator directly connected to a generator.
Last month the companies signed a memorandum of understanding to optimize WEC Penguin technology.
Francesco Balestrino, Renewables and Green Technologies Business Development Manager of Saipem’s XSIGHT Division, said: “… this project represents Saipem’s first opportunity to perform a project in the marine energy field that is consistent with our diversification strategy.”