Apollo developed a combined mechanical and electrical connector, Pull and Lock Marine (PALM). The core innovation is that riser tension is maintained in all sea states.View Details
The competition for Quick Connection Systems for a wave energy converter will target the connection and disconnection of either the:
- Mooring system
- Electrical system
- Mooring and electrical systems combined
The overall objective of the Quick Connection Systems (QCS) programme is to reduce the duration, cost and risk of offshore operations for prototype wave energy converters by supporting projects to design and develop a quick connection and disconnection system between a device and its moorings and/or electrical system.
The projects below were announced by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government on December 5th, 2019.
7 teams originally entered into the programme at Stage 1, which commenced in January 2020.
Blackfish is developing the C-DART, a combined mooring and electrical quick connector. It will reduce manual intervention offshore and increase operational weather windows.View Details
Ditrel are developing SEMC (Subsea Electrical & Mooring Connection), a watertight system that connects a cable and a floating structure using terrestrial electrical terminals.View Details
Nova is developing MECmate, a quick, robust and cost-effective wet-mate electrical connection solution for marine devices, with minimal sealing surfaces for reliability.View Details
Quoceant is developing the Q-Connect, a combined mechanical and electrical QCS that is adaptable to a range of WEC designs.View Details
SRP is developing the Rocksteady V, a variant of their proven mooring connector that allows combined mooring and electrical connection.View Details
TTI is developing a novel tool for use during mooring connection and disconnection, enabling operations to be carried out on the main mooring lines whilst under zero tension.View Details