ASTUTE 2020 helping MPS de-risk wave energy technology

  • Research & Development

Marine Power Systems (MPS) has engaged with Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE 2020) to undertake research in finite element simulations that will allow MPS to de-risk the build and test-stage of the WaveSub power take off float. 

ASTUTE 2020 is working with the Swansea-based wave energy technology developer on computational modelling research to de-risk eventual manufacture of the float.

MPS, which is developing the WaveSub device, says its float has been designed to withstand the loads that it will be subjected to in the harsh conditions at sea and, through getting the fundamental design right, a low cost of energy for marine renewables can be achieved by making the device durable, reliable and simple to install and maintain.

Dr. Gareth Stockman, Managing Director of Marine Power Systems, said: “We are reaching some exciting milestones in the development of our technology, specifically the deployment of a quarter-scale prototype WaveSub in 2016. We are thrilled to be liaising with ASTUTE 2020 for advanced computational modelling of the float.

“With the prestigious skills and facilities available from ASTUTE 2020 at the new Swansea University Bay Campus, as well as its philosophy of innovation and advancement, we have full assurance that the research being produced by ASTUTE 2020 will confirm that our design for a power take off float is fully fit for purpose.”

Dr Fawzi Belblidia, Senior Technical Manager at ASTUTE 2020, said: “The device that Marine Power Systems is developing is incredibly innovative and we are very supportive of the company’s work. Being brought in to engage with the MPS team and using our expertise to address this research challenge on finite element simulations of the composite float is an exciting project and we look forward to working with MPS throughout 2016 when the deployment stage is reached.”

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