The European Marine Energy Center announced last week that East Coast Oil and Gas Engineering Ltd. (EC-OG) has signed an agreement to test its Subsea Power Hub (SPH) at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound test site, with installation to take place this month.
This will be EC-OG’s first full-scale SPH system sea trial.
According to EC-OG, the SPH is an industry first in that the system combines a marine energy converter coupled directly to a lithium based energy storage system. The tests are designed to validate the device’s technical capability.
The cost of the project is not available, but according to Scottish Enterprises, it awarded a £1.2 million (US$1.5 million) research and development grant a in 2015 to EC-OG after the company invested £3.9 million (US$4.8 million) to develop its SPH.
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish government.
Previous to its 2015 award, during the viability stage of development for the SPH, Scottish Enterprises awarded EC-OG a £200,000 (US$250,000) SMART: Scotland grant.
Aberdeen-based EC-OG said it designed the SPH to provide electrical power to oil & gas subsea infrastructure, where conventional means would either be too expensive, or not applicable within the timescales required.
According to Scottish Enterprises, EC-OG Ltd. was set up in 2013 and has been engaged with Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Ventures Unit, which provides tailored support to fledgling companies and entrepreneurs with ambition to scale internationally.