QED Naval are working with local marine contractors operating out of Portaferry and also Queens University Belfast (QUB) to utilise 2 site that they have site leases on.
The Subhub Community Demonstrator is currently located within Strangford Lough at a sheltered water anchorage site in Castle Ward Bay just off Audley’s Castle.
QUB sites include Mayfield Bay north of Strangford Narrows and is a low flow site. QED Naval are currently waiting to access this site for long term immersion trials to determine their O&M strategy.
QUB also operate out of Portaferry at their high flow site just south of Walter’s Rock. QED Naval are currently waiting to access this site for validation of their performance capabilities.
Finally, QED Naval have submitted an application to lease their own bit of seabed in Ballyhenry Bay which is exposed to flow rates up 2.5m/s.