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Swansea Energy Company Partners with ASTUTE 2020


Marine Power Systems (MPS), a Swansea-based company that is developing revolutionary technology designed to harness wave energy, has engaged with ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) to undertake research in finite element simulations that will allow MPS to significantly de-risk the build and test-stage of the innovative WaveSub power take off float.

MPS is developing the unique WaveSub device, which is due for deployment in 2016. The WaveSub will provide a reliable renewable energy source through harnessing the energy from ocean waves. The technology being developed at MPS has huge potential to contribute to energy security targets across the EU (and globally) and will reduce reliance on unpredictable and non-renewable energy supplies.

Swansea University Bay Campus. Photo credit-Swansea UniversityThe 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.

As part of the development process, ASTUTE 2020 is working with MPS on computational modelling research to de-risk eventual manufacture of the float. The float has been designed by MPS to withstand the loads that it will be subjected to in the harsh conditions at sea. Through getting the fundamental design right, the float will adhere to WaveSub's ethos of being simple to install & maintain, with excellent survivability & reliability at an overall low-cost; all of which are essential to achieve a low cost of energy for marine renewables.

Dr. Gareth Stockman, Managing Director of Marine Power Systems, said:

“We are reaching some exciting milestones in the development of our technology, specifically the deployment of a quarter-scale prototype WaveSub in 2016. We are thrilled to be liaising with ASTUTE 2020 for advanced computational modelling of the float.

“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 purpose.”

Dr Fawzi Belblidia, Senior Technical Manager at ASTUTE 2020, said:

“The device that Marine Power Systems is developing is incredibly innovative and we are very supportive of the company's work. 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.”