Giant wave energy project 'ready in two years'

The world's largest wave energy project could be up and running off the UK coast in two years' time. Wave Hub – which will be installed 10 miles off Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall – is a giant seabed electric socket connected by cable to the National Grid

The world's largest wave energy project could be up and running off the UK coast in two years' time. Wave Hub – which will be installed 10 miles off Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall – is a giant seabed electric socket connected by cable to the National Grid.

It will enable the pre-commercial testing of wave energy devices on a scale not seen before. The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) has selected J P Kenny, part of international energy services company John Wood Group, as its engineering and management contractor for the project.

The RDA is leading the development of Wave Hub and it is anticipated that up to 30 devices could be deployed.

Consents have already been obtained from the UK Government for the Wave Hub site.

The South West RDA's Executive Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Stephen Peacock, said: "This is a great step forward for Wave Hub and puts the project back on track for deployment in 2010. We want South West England to lead the world in the development of marine renewable energy," he said.

Over the next few months, J P Kenny will be working on the concept designs for Wave Hub, progressing to detailed designs by May of next year.

An independent economic impact assessment, commissioned by the RDA, has shown that Wave Hub could create 1,800 jobs and £560 million in the UK economy over 25 years. Almost 1,000 of these jobs and £332 million could be generated in South West England.

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