Belfast research team signs R&D deal
9 Feb 09
We signed a new five year research partnership agreement with
the highly acclaimed wave power research group at Queen's
University, Belfast this week.
Working in partnership
Under the agreement, we will work with researchers at Queen's
University, Belfast to develop the next-generation Oyster wave
power device. This agreement is a key step in strengthening our
fundamental research capabilities. The agreement will ensure
we deliver high performance commercial wave power devices, based on
the most rigorous research and testing programmes possible.
We have a long history of collaboration with the wave power
research group at Queen's University, Belfast. Oyster
originated from research conducted by the group. We have
already delivered feasibility studies, tank testing and numerical
modelling for the first Oyster prototype in collaboration with the
Our research and development team will work closely with the
team at Queen's University, Belfast to model several devices in the
state-of-the-art wave power tank at their test centre. The team
will monitor loading, survivability and device interaction to
guarantee continuous power output in all sea states.
We will also have access to a second, larger wave tank due to
open at the university's Portaferry facility later this year.
The Portaferry facility will allow our team to test the effects of
multi-directional waves, realistically simulating the full range of
sea conditions which Oyster devices will experience once deployed
in a multi-MW, utility scale wave farm.
Wave energy expertise
Professor Trevor Whittaker, Head of the Wave Power Research
Centre and a world-renowned expert on wave power and coastal
engineering, will continue to supervise PhD students sponsored by
Investing in people
We are committed to continued investment in high quality
post-graduate training. Our partnership with Queen's University,
Belfast will ensure that the university's brightest PhD students
will have the opportunity to work with professionals at Aquamarine
Power and ultimately to join our rapidly growing team of experts.
The latest PhD graduate from Queen's University, Belfast has
recently joined our staff. Our team has doubled in size in the last
six months with a quarter of our staff holding PhDs.
Speaking about the partnership, Martin McAdam, our Chief
Executive Officer said:
"I am delighted to announce Aquamarine Power's continuing
relationship with Queen's University, Belfast's world-leading team.
Professor Trevor Whittaker is an award-winning expert in wave
energy research. He and his group have tested and deployed more
devices in their time than any other research facility in the
"This agreement creates a fantastic opportunity on two fronts.
Firstly, it provides Aquamarine Power with access to the
university's world-class wave power test facilities, enabling us to
continue to enhance the design of Oyster as a market leading
technology, and as importantly, it gives us access to the brightest
PhD students in this field."
Professor Trevor Whittaker added:
"My group specialises in the application of fundamental research
to industrial development, therefore I am very pleased to
strengthen our links with Aquamarine Power, one of the world's
leaders in marine renewable energy.
Research excellence towards commercial development
"It provides focus for the work of our research students, giving
them an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research that
will benefit society and the environment for current and future