Wave-energy generator capsizes

A power company's plan to create energy from sea waves has suffered a setback after an 80-tonne floating generator capsized off the coast of Suffolk.

A power company's plan to create energy from sea waves has suffered a setback after an 80-tonne floating generator capsized off the coast of Suffolk. The machine was being towed out to sea to begin a year-long trial when the accident happened on Sunday off Southwold, a spokeswoman for Trident Energy said.

 

The experimental generator was due to be tested in the sea to gather information on how it performed. A coastguard spokeswoman said the generator was being towed to its new location five miles off Southwold when it capsized at 12.35pm on Sunday.

 

Yarmouth Maritime Rescue spokesman Mario Siano said: "The floating generator was later connected to a tug and grounded three miles south-east of Southwold harbour entrance. "All appropriate authorities have been informed."

 

The Trident Energy spokeswoman said: "The company is in the process of making arrangements to move the platform to a suitable location where any damage can be fully assessed before determining next steps. Trident Energy can confirm that the incident was in no way related to its patented technology to convert sea-wave energy into electricity."

 

The generator stood on a giant pair of legs supported by submerged pontoons anchored to the sea bed to hold it above the waves.

Floats move up and down with the waves to drive generators, which convert the motion into electricity.

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