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This is the final publishable report for Contract JOR3-CT98-0312, 1 November 1998 to 30 April 2002

A shoreline wave power plant, known as LIMPET (Land Installed Marine Power Energy Transmitter), was installed on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland and was commissioned in November 2000. The plant has been operating remotely since that time and is supplying energy to the electrical grid in the United Kingdom. The successful unattended operation of the plant since commissioning has demonstrated the potential of shoreline wave energy for contributing towards national energy supplies.

The project has meet all the objectives originally specified and has been a significant achievement. A considerable amount has been learned about design, construction, power train matching, plant rating and costing. The operational experience gained will be vital to the future development of wave power systems both in the nearshore and offshore locations.

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