The work of a masters student now working at Marine Power Systems (MPS), a Swansea-based company developing wave technology, has been recognised by MINES-ParisTech University, France.

MINES-ParisTech University has requested that Jean-Baptiste Le Dreff, a specialist in computer modelling and design, presents his work and achievements in the institution’s quarterly newsletter. Only one or two projects are selected to be featured in this way.

The project was completed with MPS during an internship, as part of his studies for the European Master’s in Renewable Energies at the European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC), Belgium. It focused on optimising the layout of the WaveSub wave energy converter – MPS’s primary technology – to guarantee the safe and efficient installation and recovery of the device at sea.

The six month project involved significant numerical modelling and prototype testing, all of which demonstrated that the WaveSub’s patented innovations allow for a low cost and reliable installation and recovery of the device.

Le Dreff approached MPS after developing a strong interest in the potential of wave energy while studying. He has relocated from France to work with the firm. He has been working with Marine Power Systems full time since completing his Master’s program – currently on the design and modelling of the quarter scale prototype for deployment later this year.

Dr Gareth Stockman, Managing Director MPS, said: “Achieving recognition for this project is testament to Jean-Baptiste’s capabilities and demonstrates Marine Power Systems commitment to recruiting the best calibre talent in the marine energy sector.

“We are working with a very exciting technology that has truly global potential. As such, we want to be recruiting the best people from around the world with a passion for this science. Jean-Baptiste definitely falls into that camp and he remains a huge asset to the team here in Swansea.”

Jean-Baptiste Le Dreff said: “I am delighted that my work has been recognised in this way. I studied engineering, and specialised in renewable energies and then in marine energies and offshore devices. I chose MPS because I wanted to work in the field of wave energy. I am very excited about the important work we are doing here and I look forward to sharing my work and findings with readers of this publication.”

MPS was co-founded by Swansea University graduates Dr Gareth Stockman and Dr Graham Foster in 2009 with the purpose of developing and commercializing its innovative WaveSub Wave Energy Converter technology.

Original Article by Offshore Wind Biz