Scale tank testing

Published:  10 August, 2016

COAST_Laboratory1.jpgMarine Power Systems (MPS), a Swansea-based company developing new technology designed to capture the energy from ocean waves, has recently conducted scaled tank testing of the company’s new WaveSub device. The tank scale power-take-off systems have been developed in collaboration with experts from the University of Bath. In addition to validating MPS’ computational simulations, the test programme has been supported by two Plymouth University post-graduate students as part of their MSc projects.

The rigorous tank testing took place at Plymouth University’s Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory, a specialist facility providing physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering.

MPS’ WaveSub project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, with MPS receiving a £2 million grant in October 2015.

The company says the WaveSub will provide a reliable renewable energy source through harnessing the energy from ocean waves and the technology being developed at MPS has huge potential to contribute to energy security targets and will reduce reliance on unpredictable and non-renewable energy supplies. MPS’ wave energy converter (WEC) is due for deployment at sea later this year.

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