MPS taps TSC Engineering for wind and wave energy hybrid

Marine Power Systems (MPS) has selected TSC Engineering to provide the design and development of the tensioner deployment system for its combined wave energy and floating wind solution.

Courtesy of Marine Power Systems

The Welsh marine energy company plans to demonstrate the floating platform that will support both wind and wave energy generating devices at the grid-connected BiMEP test site in northern Spain.

The deployment system is used to execute the submersion of the platform and hook up to the moorings when the platform is on site.

The is said to simplify the hook-up process and eliminate the need for large and specialist vessels, as well as improve the safety of installation with the whole operation controlled remotely with no personnel onboard during the tensioning operation.

According to MPS, the system is removable and once a platform is fully deployed it is removed and utilized on the next platform being installed at the site.

Graham Foster, CTO at Marine Power Systems said: “We are continuing to build our best-in-class team here at Marine Power Systems. Our partners and suppliers are very much part of that team and this latest collaboration with the team at TSC brings invaluable experience in equipment design and complex offshore engineering projects.”

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The megawatt-scale demonstrator project will begin operation in early 2023.

The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and significant private investment has been received to support the project.

The Welsh company appointed several contractors for the project, including Principia as the lead contractor on the detailed design and engineering of the floating platform, with Bourbon Subsea Services taking a supporting role in the project.

Black & Veatch will help guide MPS across subsystem design coordination, systems engineering and the certification of the hardware.

Scottish engineering consultancy Quoceant will work on the detailed design of the wave energy converter technology and support with the procurement, manufacture, assembly, installation and operation of the converter at BiMEP.

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