REW reports the UK wave power testbed in Cornwall is due to be completed next year - Wave Hub Marine Hydro Project on Track for Summer 2011 Deployment .
Wave Hub, a marine renewable infrastructure project that will create the world's largest test site for wave energy technology, is on course to be deployed by summer 2011, with fabrication of subsea cables and the hub itself nearing completion, developers reported.
Wave Hub is being developed by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency). It is situated on the seabed in some 50 meters of sea water approximately 16 kilometers off the coast of Cornwall and connected to the national grid via a subsea cable. Wave Hub will create a test site for wave energy technology by building a grid-connected socket on the seabed, to which wave power devices can be connected and their performance evaluated
Hartlepool-based JDR Cable Systems is constructing the armored 25- kilometer subsea cable that will connect Wave Hub to the grid and the hub structure that will sit on the seabed. Work also is progressing on the hub assembly, which will provide a connection between the main cable from the shore and the tails leading to the wave energy devic