2009 - Proof-of-Concept Development

Phase 1 of the WaveSub development delivered a prototype device that underwent successful sea trials and energy generation tests. The advantages and operating principles were proven by this prototype.

Sea Trials at Weymouth

The prototype sea trials demonstrated at scale that the WaveSub could be easily towed; attaining a stable, buoyant surface configuration; descend to its operating configuration remotely controlled; the systems was capable of generating power; the device could easily be recovered through remote control and towed back to shore.

Power Generation Test at National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC)

The power generation testing carried out at NaREC tanks was extremely successful and proved the ability of the WaveSub to convert wave energy to electrical power.

Grant support for this phase was awarded by the Welsh Government.