Following from an initial period of theoretical research and design work, we assembled and built a very early stage scale model of a wave energy capture device. This was then tested in July 2014 in a flume with a calibrated wave machine.
Since that time we have worked extensively with the University of Plymouth, and have honed our design such that we now have a device made from waste materials. This has been corroborated both physically and in software.
We are now starting the process of optimisation and further design considerations, using extensive software modelling to be followed at the relevant time by practical in-tank testing.
Once the appropriate period of on-shore development is past, we will move to a trial deployment at a pre-defined site.
All research, development and testing in the marine renewables sector should be governed by the application of not just all suitable guidelines, but also by the necessary engineering knowledge.
We employ this methodology to ensure that our results can be verified by independent assessment where necessary, and to satisfy grant providers and other sources of financial support.
Of course, there would be little point in developing a device without input from organisations working in relevant sectors and countries. Thus, our design will be informed and underlain by their specific end-user focused requirements.
In so doing, we will ensure that the company is focused on client needs from a very early stage.