Engineering firm JP Kenny has been appointed to project manage the construction of a £28m wave energy farm off the coast of Cornwall.

Wave Hub, located 16km off the Cornish coast near Hayle, will have a capacity of 20 megawatts, enough to provide electricity for 3,000 homes. It will be used for 'pre-commercial' testing of wave power, and if successful, could become the world's largest commercial wave energy farm.

The scheme will comprise an electric 'socket' on the seabed, connected to the National Grid via a subsea cable, and to a series of floating wave energy converters, known as Pelamis. The video below explains how the system works.

JP Kenny will manage the design, procurement and construction of Wave Hub, plus associated onshore works. Concept designs will be worked up over the next few months, with detailed designs due for completion in May 2009.