Wales-based wave energy developer Marine Power Systems (MPS) has recently conducted scaled tank testing of its innovative WaveSub device.

The tank scale power-take-off systems have been developed in collaboration with experts from the University of Bath. In addition to validating MPS’ computational simulations, the test programme has been supported by two Plymouth University post-graduate students as part of their MSc projects.

The rigorous tank testing took place at Plymouth University’s Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory, a specialist facility providing physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering.

MPS’ WaveSub 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.