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RWE pulls out of Siadar wave project

RWE npower renewables is no longer backing the planned 4 MW wave energy project based in Scotland.

By Isabella Kaminski

The plan for the 4 MW Siadar plant, claimed to be the world’s largest wave energy project, was to use oscillating water column technology provided by Wavegen, the Scottish subsidiary of Voith Hydro.

According to the Scottish Sunday Herald, Wavegen is currently seeking new partners and investors for the project, which is based on the Scottish island of Lewis.

RWE Innogy, the parent company of RWE npower renewables, says that although it is no longer proceeding with the Siadar project, it will continue to work closely together with Voith and will focus on marine tidal current technology.

A spokesperson for RWE Innogy says: “Through the joint venture company Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies, we are planning the deployment of a first, commercial-scale tidal current turbine. The turbine will allow us to develop our knowledge on how to harness marine energy off the Scottish coast, and in particular, in the waters off the Orkney Islands. The Wavegen team has done an excellent job in taking the project this far and we wish them every success, as Voith will continue to develop the project.”

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