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Limpet wave power plant celebrates 10 year anniversary

Voith Hydro Wavegen's Limpet, which Voith calls the world's first commercial scale grid connected wave energy plant, is marking its 10th year of grid-connected operation, Voith reported.

Limpet (Land Installed Marine Powered Energy Transformer) is a shoreline energy converter sited on the island of Islay, off Scotland's west coast.

In 10 years, Limpet has built a track record of operation and reliability, a press release states. Reliability is the first and most important requirement in convincing clients that technology is ready for commercial deployment, Voith said.

"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 percent for the last four years, with 2010 figures running at 98 percent. The plant has accumulated over 60,000 grid connected generating hours, providing a wealth of data to optimize plant performance, and giving clients enormous confidence in long term reliability."

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