MPS and TSC Engineering to design deployment system for wind and wave device

TSC Engineering Ltd (TSC Engineering) has been selected to support Marine Power Systems (MPS) with the design and development of their tensioner deployment system, to be used on their megawatt scale commercial demonstrator at BiMEP in northern Spain.

MPS is developing a system that can be configured to harness wind and wave energy, either as a combined solution or on their own, in deep water. It includes the PelaFlex floating wind platform and the PelaGen wave energy converter.

The tensioner deployment system is used to execute the submersion of the platform and hook-up to the moorings when the platform is on site. The system aims to simplify the hook-up process and eliminate the need for large and specialist vessels for the deployment. It also expected to improve the safety of installation with the whole operation controlled remotely with no personnel onboard during the tensioning operation. The system is removable and once a platform is fully deployed it is removed and utilised on the next platform being installed at the site.

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 collaboration with the team at TSC brings invaluable experience in equipment design and complex offshore engineering projects."

Bing Hua Jiang, CEO of the CMIC Group commented, "This marks a significant milestone for the successful entry of CMIC's offshore wind power technology into the global market. We are delighted to be awarded this contract to supply this unique tensioner deployment system to MPS and we highly value this opportunity to work with MPS, who we see as one of the most innovative and revolutionary companies in harnessing wind and wave energy."

MPS 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.

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