THE RISE of ocean power generation projects is providing new opportunities for local components and connectors suppliers.
Darren Burrowes, from Newcastle-based UVS, says the traditional markets for its sub-sea component and connectors included offshore oil and gas, oceanographic, and defence. This has recently evolved to include ocean power generation.
“The same underwater connectors and cables, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) and a variety of instruments, sub-sea electronics modules and engineering design cables are in high demand by several companies that are approaching pre-commercialisation testing of ocean energy devices," said Burrowes.
A notable example includes Carnegie Wave Energy's CETO system, which harnesses energy in waves to create electricity and desalinated water.
UVS is currently supplying BioPower with 1465 metres of subsea umbilical complete with terminations and connectors. BioPower is also sourcing subsea electronics modules and ADCPs.
Oceanlinx is another ocean power developer who is sourcing connectors and submarine capabilities from UVS. Its technology is currently in prototype stages.