United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23)

September 2017

Zyba was selected by the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to showcase our technology at the UK Pavilion.

Our technology was showcased at the UK Pavilion of the UN Conference on Climate Change. At the conference, we met with world leaders and key negotiators, including those from island nations who are disproportionately impacted by climate change. We introduced our solution and the opportunity to share our vision with the world.

The 2017 UN Climate Conference was sponsored by Fiji and was held in Bonn, Germany, from the 6th to the 18th of November. Leaders of national governments, cities, states, business, investors, NGOs and civil society gathered during this event, working to speed up climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The COP is organised by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Visit the official COP23 website.

Clean+Cool

June 2017

Zyba selected to be part of the Clean and Cool mission to San Francisco from the 10th-16th June 2017.

The Clean+Cool meeting gathers UK’s best early stage businesses with an innovation that benefits the environment, a compelling vision of the future and the ambition to grow fast. Cool mission seeks to explore cross border opportunities, find faster routes to fixed goals and ways to overcome some of the toughest challenges.

Zyba will be showcasing our vision for wave-energy working in harmony with the environment and in concert with other renewables to improve the environment and lives in coastal communities and islands.

Join us there and follow our story @cleanSF !

Fortissimo

November 2016

Fortissimo is a collaborative project that will enable European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulations services running on a High-Performance-Computing ("HPC") Cloud-basedinfrastructure.

The experiment will utilise HPC facilities to simulate all key aspects of a multibody CCell wave energy device. In addition, the experiment will support work to explore the structural design and integrity of composite materials, which are being used for the first time in a commercial wave energy device.

The outputs from this project include a software platform to enable the optimisation of marine structures through the use of HPC clusters. This system will analyse the fully-nonlinear wave structure interactions and the stresses within the composite or steel structure. Through successive optimisation, the structural design will be enhanced according to a range of criteria given by the user.

Performance Testing

November 2016

The final week of testing is completed, with 3rd party independent review of power measurements and system weights.

Following nine-months of performance testing and three weeks of previous laboratory testing, the CCell device underwent final performance testing. The optimised design is suitable for sites with large tidal ranges, with the unit automatically adapting to change water levels. Survivability was design into the system from the start, with a design that inherently lows the system in heavier seas to extreme loads in the crests of waves.

Manufacturability and maintenance formed a substantial element of the design, with the team working closely with the marine contractors Leask Marine to simplify deployment and maintenance activities. The envisaged full-scale system can be maintained using a small vessel (even a canoe) and deployed rapidly.

Novel WEC Project

February 2016

Zyba awarded £256k from Wave Energy of Scotland (WES) to optimise the device for grid-scale applicaitons.

The project seeks to paramaterise the CCell WEC and through successive numerical simulations optimise its shape for a range of sea conditions representative of the reference site, seeking to minimise both CAPEX and OPEX costs for a given power output.

To validate the numerical models, the project will also undertake a range of laboratory studies on three curved paddles, and also on a flat paddle, with the latter forming a base`line for comparison.

Foresea Interreg North-West Europe

January 2016

Zyba has been selected as one of 10 companies to join the FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project to deploy a device in Orkney.

The main objective of FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) is to help North West Europe enterprises working in low carbon technology to test their technologies in real sea environments and to enable power to be economically extracted from the ocean.

The FORESEA funding will support testing of CCell device in the Orkney islands during 2017.

Catalyst Funding Award

June 2015

Innovate UK and EPSRC award £1.8M to accelerate the development of CCell.

Innovate UK and the EPSRC have granted our consortium further funding for the research and development of CCell over the next three years.

This project will deliver our next generation floating device made from composite materials and controlled by a new dynamic power take-off system. Through rapid prototyping and short development cycles, the project will deploy nine 20kW units within three years. Several of these will be deployed to provide power to two remote islands.

This is a welcome show of support for CCell from Innovate UK and secures the development of this technology.



"CCell win £1.8M to develop the next generation CCell units"

Near Shore Testing

February 2015

Zyba deploys a large scale CCell device in Cumbria.

The first offshore trials of CCell are undertaken in Cumbria, with the experiment concluding six months of work to optimise manufacturing, installation and operation of a steel device at a near shore location.

Power was extracted through a hydraulic system with onshore controls.

Innovate UK Exhibition

November 2014

Zyba debuts CCell at the Innovate UK Event at Old Billingsgate, London.

CCell was selected as one of the top 200 UK innovations to exhibit at the event, showcasing groundbreaking British technologies.

This was the perfect opportunity to launch CCell into the wider renewable energy community. The team spent the last four weeks furiously preparing for the event and the two days did not disappoint, with CCell winning the Peer-to-Peer award for the most inspirational exhibit as voted by event delegates.

The team was overwhelmed with the show of interest and would like to thank everyone who visited the exhibit and voted for CCell.



"CCell Wins Innovate UK Peer-to-Peer Award for the most inspirational innovation of 2014."

A Fifth Scale Paddle Testing at Plymouth University

May 2014

Half-Scale Conical CCell further validates small scale trials and theoretical modelling

A fifth scale CCell paddle, constructed of aluminium, was trialled at the University of Plymouths' ocean wave basin over a two week period, which gave Zyba and The University of Bath the opportunity to test a near complete system, incorporating dynamic control and power take-off.

Generated power was delivered to the national grid, which we believe is a first for laboratory trials of this type. The work also provided significant data for further research and development, and is helping to confirm theoretical and small scale laboratory results.

University of Plymouth Wave Tank Facility Video



"CCell delivers 65% of available power to the national grid"

University of Cumbria Funding

January 2014

Zyba receives funding from the University of Cumbria to fabricate and test full-scale devices

In collaboration with MPM, Zyba was awarded funding for the fabrication of two 10kW full-scale paddles for testing in a nearshore area off the coast of Maryport, Cumbria.

During the early part of the year, the team will be focused on establishing a licence for a nearshore testing facility at Maryport. (Update: Granted by the MCA in October.)

Partnering with MPM and the University of Cumbria has allowed Zyba to substantially progress the development of the paddles and help develop skills in the local community.



"CCell receives funding from the University of Cumbria"

TSB PoC Funding Award

September 2013

Technology Strategy Board has granted Zyba and our consortium funding to undertake a detailed Proof of Concept.

The TSB has awarded our consortium further funding under the "Step Change in Efficiency" initiative to undertake fundamental Proof of Concept work on the CCell concept.

This project will evolve our numerical CFD and FEM tools, develop a control system, undertake half scale laboratory studies, and investigate the optimal approach for powering RO desalination plants using CCell.

This is a welcome show of support for CCell from the TSB and a vote of confidence in the skills and experience evident within the consortium.

The team is thrilled with the news and is looking forward to the challenging year ahead.



"Proof of Concept funding secured"

TSB PoC Funding Award

September 2013

Technology Strategy Board has granted Zyba and our consortium funding to undertake a detailed Proof of Concept.

The TSB has awarded our consortium further funding under the "Step Change in Efficiency" initiative to undertake fundamental Proof of Concept work on the CCell concept.

This project will evolve our numerical CFD and FEM tools, develop a control system, undertake half scale laboratory studies, and investigate the optimal approach for powering RO desalination plants using CCell.

This is a welcome show of support for CCell from the TSB and a vote of confidence in the skills and experience evident within the consortium.

The team is thrilled with the news and is looking forward to the challenging year ahead.



"Proof of Concept funding secured"

UK Patent Granted

March 2013

Patent application GB2490515 is grant in the UK

A comprehensive patent that covered all asymmetric paddle shapes has been granted in the UK.

Zyba is now pursuing international patent protection in Australia, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA.



"Zyba is granted a UK patent for CCell and files a global patent for a number of key countries"

Completion of PoM Phase

January 2013

The team at Zyba completed the PoM work on time and to budget

A challenging year of research and investigation has led to the completion of the first phase of the CCell project funded by the TSB, the Proof of Market.

A challenging year of research and investigation has led to the completion of the first phase of the CCell project funded by the TSB, the Proof of Market. The results of this stage strongly suggest that there is indeed a substantial market for CCell as long as significant economic and performance milestones can be achieved.

The TSB have been particularly pleased with the progress made, the use of the budget and the end results. Following from this success, Zyba is endeavouring to push forward with development and work with the TSB in the future.

The Technology Strategy Board



"CCell completes the initial PoM phase on time and on budget"

TSB PoM Funding Award

February 2012

Technology Strategy Board has granted Zyba funding for Proof of Market research.

The project will establish sites throughout the world that have the appropriate mix of ocean wave conditions, topography, demand, infrastructure, and political support / stability to facilitate the deployment of the CCell technology for sea-water desalination.The team would like to thank the TSB for their support.

The team would like to thank the TSB for their support. The SMART intiative



"27% of fixed desalination sites require 10-50kW of power, an ideal target market for first generation CCell units."

UCL - 1m Laboratory Tests

March 2012

A comparative study of curved and flat paddles, each 1m wide, at UCL

Laboratory tests have been performed on a selection of curved and flat paddle shapes, to assess the relative importance of the CCell curvature in absorbing wave energy in the wave flumes at UCL.

The curvature of the CCell paddles not only increased the forces and power delivered to the piston, but there was also a noticeable reduction in turbulence around the paddles. Crucially, the tests demonstrated that the curved CCell paddles would extract energy from the waves both within a wave crest and wave trough.

The tests have validated the concept, but we remain concerned about the validity of the larger performance gains observed as the paddles occupied approximate 2/5th of the laboratory tank's width.



"CCell capture width in excess of 130% observed."

UCL - 0.5m Laboratory Tests

September 2012

A comparative study of curved and flat paddle concepts, each 0.5m wide, at UCL

Tests undertaken earlier in the year have been repeated to investigate a range of alternative design concepts with paddles that are now 0.5m wide (1/5th the width of the tank).

The step-change in performance observed previously was repeated and enhanced by extending the depth (front to back) of the curved paddles.



"Curved CCell paddle delivers 2-3x more power than an equivalent flat paddle of the same size."