Commissioned in November 2000 on the Scottish island of Islay, the plant has been supplying electricity to the grid ever since, with availability levels now standing at 98%.

“Our availability levels now match other, more established renewables, and even traditional power plants”, said Matthew Seed, CEO of Voith Hydro wavegen. “The availability has improved dramatically since the first years of operation, and has been over 90% for the last four years, with 2010 figures running at 98%. The plant has accumulated over 60,000 grid connected generating hours, providing a wealth of data to optimise plant performance, and giving clients enormous confidence in long term reliability.”