Black & Veatch to provide system engineering for floating wind and wave energy project

Floating wind

Welsh company Marine Power Systems has selected Black & Veatch to provide system engineering services for a combined floating wind and wave energy project.

Marine Power Systems will leverage Black & Veatch’s expertise in subsystem design coordination and systems engineering. Black & Veatch will also provide certification services for the company’s flexible floating and wave energy generation hardware. Acting as an extension of Marine Power Systems, Black & Veatch will lead certain elements of the project, ensure technical quality assurance and identify and manage program risk.

Marine Power Systems has developed a flexible floating platform technology that can be configured to harness wind and wave energy either as a combined solution or on its own in deep water. The company’s patented platform technology offers cost saving due to reduced system mass. Moreover, its modular and flexible design enables optimum local content delivery through a decentralized logistics model. These benefits provide utility-scale developers maximum flexibility between reducing cost and increasing local economic benefits, while in parallel accelerating farm deployment at scale, according to a statement.

“A single system that simultaneously captures both wave and wind energy is a more consistent renewable ocean energy source, making maximum use of the lease area from a levelised cost of energy perspective and making intermittence less of a challenge,” said Robbie Gibson, Black & Veatch’s director for renewable energy in Europe. “This project plays directly to our strengths and our experience in delivering major marine energy and offshore wind projects. Our broader design portfolio encompasses very many complex system configurations with multiple products and multiple technologies.”

Graham Foster, chief technology officer at Marine Power Systems, added: “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 appointment will play a crucial role in providing project and quality assurance. The team at Black & Veatch bring invaluable experience in floating wind and wave energy systems and marine structures, coupled with the ability to manage complex interfaces between them and oversee the pathway towards technology certification.”

While offshore winds in shallow waters has been harnessed by fixed bottom wind turbines, the wind and wave energy in deep water remain largely unharnessed and represent around 80% of the exploitable energy resources of our oceans.

Marine Power Systems is now working on deploying a grid-connected commercial megawatt-scale wind and wave device in northern Spain at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform, as well as the deployment of a pre-commercial scale array at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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