Marine Power Systems to support Black & Veatch with floating wind and wave project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/11/2021 Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch has been selected to support Marine Power Systems across subsystem design coordination, systems engineering and the certification of its floating wind and wave energy generation hardware.
Working as an extension of Marine Power Systems’ technical team, Black & Veatch will lead specific elements of the project, providing technical quality assurance and helping identify and manage technical and programme risk. The role also encompasses quality, health, safety and environment management and supervision as well as supporting the full-scale Marine Power Systems’ technology certification process.

The wave energy converter has a unique wave energy capture mechanism – directly and efficiently harnessing both the heave and surge energy of the wave. Marine Power Systems claims each energy absorber can capture over a megawatt of power, and each device has multiple absorbers.

Robbie Gibson, Black & Veatch’s Director for Renewable Energy in Europe, commented: “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. 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, CTO at Marine Power Systems, commented: “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.”

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