QED Naval have launched this website explicitly for the Subhub Community Demonstrator (SH-CD) and ongoing projects. The idea has been conceived to keep stakeholders and local communities up to speed with what’s happening with this and other Subhub related projects. Most importantly we hope that this blog will be used to engage with the community and get their feedback.
SH-CD is currently operating out of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. QED Naval have been working with local marine contractors Cuan Marine to test the ballast system of the Subhub. The trials have been very successful and seen the Subhub installed and recovered with ease.
Local community groups such as PAST (Portaferry Past and Future) have taken a keen interest. QED Naval have been working closely with local planning authorities DAERA to ensure the impact of trials has only beneficial impacts to socio/economic output of the local area.
It would be really good to get feedback on our project so please take time to pass back your comments using the website.
We are currently raising funds for the next stage of the project which is to conduct long term submergence trials on the Subhub tidal platform to feed into an Operations and Maintenance strategy for the Subhub. We will also be monitoring the environmental impact of the Subhub on the seabed and the area around it.
The company plan to purchase a tidal turbine and fit it to the Subhub for performance trials to validate claims of up to 50% more energy yield from a tidal sites. This is clearly site dependently but it is expected to validate the company’s projection using their tidal modelling software called TWEET (Tidal and Wave Energy Evaluation Tools).
QED Naval have requested survey data from local community and industrial loads in Portaferry so they can determine whether they can power or heat on a commercial basis. This would be an ideal outcome and ultimately the best demonstrator of capability and help the community move towards the net zero targets being set by the government.