Wave energy PhD available at Swansea University

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Swansea-based wave energy developer Marine Power Systems (MPS) has entered into a collaboration with Swansea University to develop a mechanical engineering PhD to help progress production of the company’s WaveSub wave energy converter.

Swansea University is working with Marine Power Systems (MPS) on the development of WaveSub wave energy converter.

MPS has joined with the university’s Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) II programme to investigate the underlying physical principles of hydrodynamic interaction between wave energy converters.

It is anticipated that development of a computational model and validation via physical testing will be a vital new tool for MPS to understand, optimise and assess arrays of wave devices.

The scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Gareth Stockman, Managing Director of Marine Power Systems, said: “This scholarship offers a great opportunity for students with a degree within the fields of engineering, applied mathematics or physics, to gain a thorough understanding of interacting floating bodies with application to our unique wave energy converter, the WaveSub.”

Ian Masters, Associate Professor at the College of Engineering at Swansea University, added: “Unlocking the potential of wave energy will make a huge contribution to our low carbon energy needs. The physics of waves is also a really interesting intellectual challenge and I will enjoy supervising this project. It will make use of our world class facilities at the new Bay Campus.”

The closing date for applications for the scholarship is July 22, 2016.