Black & Veatch to support Marine Power Systems’ combined floating wind and wave tech

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November 17 (Renewables Now) - UK firm Marine Power Systems has engaged US engineering company Black & Veatch to support work on its combined floating wind and wave energy generation system, the two said today.

Black & Veatch will help with subsystem design coordination, systems engineering and the certification process for the technology. It will lead specific elements of the project, with its responsibilities also including quality, health, safety and environment management and supervision.

“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,” commented Robbie Gibson, Black & Veatch’s director for renewable energy in Europe.

Marine Power Systems’ floating platform technology can be configured to generate wind and wave energy either together or on their own in deep water. It is intended for use in utility-scale farms, but other applications can include oil and gas platform electrification and hydrogen.

Marine Power Systems says it is now working on the deployment of a megawatt-scale wind and wave device at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) in Spain and of a pre-commercial scale array at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

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