Wasp Cumbria News Update June 2015

June 30, 2015

Taking the decision not to attempt a second set of Trials for our tidal Turbine in 2014 has allowed WASP to concentrate more effort and resources into refining in more detail the modifications that we believe will make the improvements to our original design that we are aiming for. It will also give us the opportunity to test several other interesting ideas and concepts, albeit at a smaller scale, that we have been developing alongside our current tidal Turbine project.

Whilst preliminary modifications on our first tidal Turbine have been ongoing, through 2014 to date, there are still several areas that we would like to improve before further Trials. Areas that we are looking at such as the change to a Hydraulic drive system and an innovative method of driving the generator using the hydraulic power will take some time and costs to complete. With one of our main aims being the simplicity of the systems that we are working on, adopting a minimum of moving parts, making the systems as reliable as possible and also offering economical and speedy manufacture we need to ensure that we maintain a robust control of our finances in order to meet our design objectives. As a small Company Funding will play an important role in the timescale to further Trials and indeed to the scale of the Prototypes that we are developing. Certainly the Grants that Wasp has benefited from to date have been extremely useful and attracting further funding is another area that we are actively pursuing as we move forward.

It is worth noting that a number of major Tidal and Wave power projects have unfortunately run into difficulties recently despite having high levels of funding and moving into larger scale manufacture. This would indicate that even systems showing positive and viable levels of return, in early stages of development, can suffer from perhaps being over complicated in what is an extremely harsh and unforgiving environment especially when scaling up in size and in the selection of the location of trials.

Alan Newton, C Eng, MRINA.

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