30 January 2015
We are proud to have played a key role in helping an innovative renewable energy project come to life in Cumbria. A scaled prototype of a wave energy paddle called “C-Cell” was successfully installed in mid-January, off the Cumbrian coast at Maryport. “C-Cell” is a revolutionary curved paddle 4m high, which has the capacity to double the energy captured from ocean waves. This represents a significant step towards extracting energy from waves, which has eluded engineers for centuries.
Simon Sjenitzer, Associate Director for Energy & Climate Change Business Development at WYG’s Cumbrian office in Cockermouth, comments: “A project such as C-Cell is a great achievement for research and innovation in the renewable energy field, which we are extremely proud to be associated with. We are very keen to work alongside local companies to support their research activities for other marine energy projects and help them develop their vision on an international scale.”
This project has received funding from the Renewable Energy Test and Education Centre (RETEC), an initiative, to support research, into innovative, low carbon energy technologies, hosted by the University of Cumbria. Through RETEC, the project was supported with funding from Britain’s Energy Coast, in partnership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
The project is a wholly British venture involving MPM North West Ltd based in Maryport, Zyba who invented the original concept, Fairlead Maritime and the University of Bath. WYG has supported the project from its Cockermouth office.
MPM is a family run business based at Maryport in Cumbria, who traditionally repair boats and civil structures. There are two prototypes which have been manufactured at MPM’s facilities and will be trialled throughout the next year at the newly established test site off the coast of Maryport.
The Government agency “Innovate UK” recognises the potential of C-Cell and has recently awarded funding for a further three years of development. C-Cell was voted the “most innovative project" at the Innovate UK 2014 peer-to-peer awards.