WaveSub has the potential to substantially reduce the Cost of Energy associated with energy generation from waves. MPS has completed two Phases of the development of the technology and is currently undertaking Phase 3: Design, Build and Testing of a ¼ scale prototype
Phase 1 delivered a proof of principle prototype device that has undergone successful sea trials and energy generation tests at the world renowned National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC). The operating principles and ability to generate energy were proven by this prototype.
Phase 2 was a detailed desk engineering project to fully understand the cost of energy that the WaveSub was likely to deliver. This project comprised an energy generation simulation exercise, a design feasibility and costings of the power take off system and structure, and the production and costing of a maintenance plan for the WaveSub. The Phase ended with the testing of a second scaled prototype at the COAST laboratory, Plymouth.
Phase 3 has seen MPS design, build and test a ¼ scale prototype at sea. MPS selected a number of industry expert project partners and subcontractors who were integral to delivering this phase, with fabrication taking place in Pembroke Dock. The device was launched in 2018 and is currently undergoing sea trials in FabTest.