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First Minister launches Aquamarine's Oyster 800, Energy Park Fife, Methil

BiFab launchFirst Minister Alex Salmond MSP this morning (Wednesday 13 July) joined over 100 VIPs at the launch of Aquamarine's Oyster 800 next generation wave device in Methil.

Fabricated by BiFab at the Energy Park Fife, the Oyster device will now be transported to the EMEC test facility in Orkney for installation.

Aquamarine CEO Martin McAdam welcoming partners, investors and guests to the "Fife Riviera" believes Oyster800 will offer improved technology and drive down the costs of the wave power.

Aquamarine Power first installed and grid-connected its first full-scale 315kW Oyster at EMEC in 2009. This device operated through two winters and delivered over 6000 operating hours.

The Oyster 800 operates in the same way as Oyster 1, but Aquamarine Power has used data and lessons learned from the first Oyster to significantly improve its power output, simplify installation and allow easier routine maintenance.

The device shape has been modified and made wider to enable it to capture more wave energy. It is now mounted on two seabed piles, rather than four to simplify installation. Oyster 800 has also been designed to make maintenance and operations easier and more cost effective.

Cllr Tony Martin, Chair of Fife Council's Enterprise and Transportation Committee said "This is another great day for Bifab and shows their commitment and expertise, not just to Offshore Wind projects, but wave and tidal projects too.

“It also marks another high profile renewables project being manufactured at the Energy Park Fife, and Fife Council along with our partners in the project, Scottish Enterprise, are delighted to see further progress and success."

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