PolyGen deploys wave energy device at FaBTest
PolyGen, a UK-based wave energy developer, has deployed a full-scale Volta wave energy device off Falmouth, Cornwall.
Volta wave energy device is built almost entirely from high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
The device will continue tests at the wave energy test site FaBTest, located in Falmouth Bay, over the coming year.
Rob Eavis, Business Development Manager at PolyGen, said: “The occasional extreme wave conditions makes FabTest an ideal site for us to prove the strengths of our flexible design, whilst the frequent periods of very calm conditions allow us regular access to the device for monitoring and engineering works.
“We are now busy studying the already encouraging performance data and really looking forward to some winter storms coming through.”
The marine operations management of the deployment and mooring of the device was carried out by Mojo Maritime.
The assembly and slipway facilities at Marine Design’s Ponsharden facility were utilised for the construction and launch of the device. Local companies Sub Marine Services, and Marine and Towage Services were also involved in Volta’s installation.
Richard Argall, Technical Director at Mojo Maritime, said: “Volta is exactly the type of project for which FaBTest was intended: a low cost development of wave energy technology ahead of more demanding deployment at commercial scale sites. It is a wonderful demonstration by all partners and suppliers involved in responding to the needs of this developing industry.”
Volta is the second device to be deployed at FaBTest, after Fred Olsen’s Bolt Lifesaver wave energy device which was moved to Hawaii earlier this year.
Image: Polygen/Volta wave energy device