SCOTTISH First Minister Alex Salmond visited Methil last week to launch the next generation of wave energy harnessing devices.
Aquamarine’s Oyster 800 system was fabricated by BiFab at the local Energy Park and will now be transported to the EMEC test facility in Orkney where it will be installed.
Aquamarine CEO Martin McAdam told guests that he believes the Oyster 800 will offer improved technology and drive down the costs of 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 new system 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.
First Minister Mr Salmond said: “BiFab is another Scottish success story which, by successfully delivering the Oyster 800 device, has underlined once again the skills of its work force and its capability to manufacture a wide and diverse range of fabrications for offshore energy developers.”