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.