Alstom and SSE Renewables have formed a joint venture to develop what they claim will be the world’s largest wave farm.

The 200 MW Costa Head Wave Project will be located about 5 km north of Orkney in waters of up to 75 m deep.

Power at the site will be generated using wave converters developed by AWS Ocean Energy, in which Alstom holds a 40 per cent stake.

Alstom and SEE will carry out site surveys and an environmental impact assessment before installing an initial 10 MW of capacity.

Jerome Pecresse, president of Alstom Renewable Power, said the joint venture “places Alstom at the forefront of the fast-developing ocean energy sector along with our offshore wind and tidal energy businesses”.

AWS Ocean Energy chief executive Simon Grey said: The selection of the AWS-III system for this exciting and ground-breaking project is a significant endorsement of our technology and team.”