The Penguin WEC-2 Wave Energy Converter has been deployed off the coast Armintza, Basque Country, Spain since August 2021. In December 2021 the WEC was towed to harbor Vizcaya for inspection, maintenance, and repairs.
During this deployment the Penguin WEC has been feeding clean electricity to the national grid of the Basque Country. The Penguin’s power and the energy production followed the expectations and calculations made before the deployment based on wave data and wave tank tests.
There have been several storms during this deployment and waves have reached up to 11m hmax. The Penguin has not faced the most energetic wave of the Bay of Biscay yet, but these experiences already give a very good understanding on the performance of the technology.
Mr Ali Pekcan, R&D Director of Wello says: “This deployment has been a great success. It has proven and confirmed our ability to optimize and calculate Wello’s latest verified technology to any site anywhere in the world based on existing wave data. This fact opens us the opportunity to evaluate the feasibility of any site, and it provides a firm basis for calculations of the bankability of any project”.
Penguin and its moorings, generating clean ocean energy