Quoceant will work with their project partners, Inyanga Maritime and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), to develop the ‘Q-Connect’ system. The intention of the Q-Connect is to provide combined mechanical and electrical connection in a manner which is adaptable to a range of different prototype WEC designs.
The Stage 1 work will seek to further the concept design for this adaptable system, as well as targeting key technology improvements over existing state-of-the-art. The activities will include concept drawing, operational storyboarding and design appraisal. This will allow a meaningful assessment to be made of the feasibility of the design, its potential benefits and the range of WEC designs to which it may be compatible.
Stage 2 will seek to detail the design further by considering two test case applications. The long-term vision is to develop a product that has market appeal to a range of marine developers by satisfying their connection needs and being compatible with array scale deployments.