Oysterâ„¢ is a seabed mounted Oscillating Wave Surge Converter (OWSC), that operates near to shore in between 10 and 15m depth of water.  It is a modular system that can be arranged in clusters of up to 5MW capacity, and the clusters can also be combined into 100MW arrays.  Oysterâ„¢ exploits an amplified wave surge component, to provide a higher capture efficiency in most commonly occurring seas.  Decoupling allows electricity generation to continue in extreme seas .  It has been designed to allow rapid installation and removal in short weather windows using non-specialist vessels.  A 350 kW prototype unit will be installed in Orkney in 2009.  For further information about Oyster, click here.

For further information, please contact:

Prof Trevor Whittaker 
Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC)
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 4031
E-mail: t.whittaker@qub.ac.uk