Developments in Marine Renewable Energy

16 June, 2011


Developments in Marine Renewable Energy


16 June 2011 London Evening Meeting

Chairman Dr Bob Allwood, Chief Executive, SUT







Design, Engineering and Construction of the Wave Hub Project

Wave Hub is a grid-connected offshore facility in South West England for the large scale testing of technologies that generate electricity from the power of the waves. It leases space to wave energy device developers and exists to support the development of marine renewable energy around the world. This talk covered its design, construction and its installation.


Chas Spradbery – Renewables Business Manager – J P Kenny

Chas Spradbery is the Renewables Business Manager for J P Kenny. Chas is a Mechanical Engineer by training with a Ph.D. in Materials Science. He has spent the majority of his career working as a subsea engineer in the oil and gas sector where he achieved a number of world firsts including the worlds deepest trunkline which was designed for depths of just over 3000m. For the past four years he has worked exclusively in the Offshore Renewable Energy sector where amongst other things he was responsible for the design and development of Wave Hub. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers.


Dan Pearson – MeyGen Ltd

Dan Pearson CEO of MeyGen has extensive specialised experience in project development, financing and overall delivery of renewable energy projects. He has been intimately involved in the successful development and commercial delivery of a number of renewable energy projects over the past 13 years. Dan presented on The MeyGen project. The MeyGen project is located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, the body of water that separates the north Scottish mainland from Stroma Island. Approximately four years ago, an initial site selection process was conducted on the whole of the Pentland Firth using a tidal flow model which was created in order to highlight areas of suitable resource for tidal stream energy projects.