Welsh marine energy developer announces partnership with ASTUTE 2020

Marine Power Systems has announced a collaboration with Welsh think tank ASTUTE 2020 to further develop its wave energy technology.

ASTUTE 2020, or “Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies”, gives Marine Power Systems an opportunity to perform studies at Swansea University’s new Bay Campus.

Specifically, MPS will work to test the power off-take float for its WaveSub energy conversion system.

“With the prestigious skills and facilities available from ASTUTE 2020 at the new Swansea University Bay Campus, as well as its philosophy of innovation and advancement, we have full assurance that the research being produced by ASTUTE 2020 will confirm that our design for a power take off float is fully fit for the purpose,” MPS managing director Dr. Gareth Stockman said.

MPS is currently preparing to conduct quarter-scale tests of its WaveSub units, with deployment expected during the next year. Commercial-size WaveSub units are expected to be up to 40 meters in length and capable of generating 1.5 MW.

“The device that Marine Power Systems is developing is incredibly innovative, and we are very supportive of the company’s work,” ASTUTE 2020 technical manager Dr. Fawzi Belblidia said. “Being brought in to engage with the MPS team and using our expertise to address this research challenge on finite element simulations of the composite float is an exciting project, and we look forward to working with MPS throughout 2016 when the deployment stage is reached.”

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