The work is to take place at the Marine Energy Test Centre in Orkney and is to be carried out by OPD under a memorandum of understanding with AMEC and ScottishPower. The aim is to test the commercial and technical viability of the first full-scale device, construction of which was completed earlier this year.

The Pelamis generator is made up of four 24m canisters, aligned perpendicular to incoming waves. Energy is generated from the relative motion at the joints between each of the canisters. The maximum capacity of each device is 750kW.