QED Naval has recently been awarded a SMART Grant from Scottish Enterprise to carry out a feasibility study on the Subhub concept. The work will assess both the technical and commercial viability of the platform and determine whether the business plan is achievable. The offer is conditional and means that QED Naval are looking for further private investment of between £50,000 to £80,000 in order to draw down on the Grant money.
Dr. Tom Davey from Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) will be supervising a M.Eng student project to perform some model tank tests on the Subhub operating in waves, submerging during installation and in service on the seabed.
QinetiQ GRC have just completed an assessment on the Subhub’s stability in the floating and compared it with stability standards used commonly within the marine industry. I pleased to announce that it surpassed all these standards with flying colours. Included within the assessment was a generic turbine with a payload of 150 tons elevated at approximately 25m above the Subhub main hull, not including self weight. It also included a payload of 300tons within the main hull representing all the switching gear, heat exchangers, pumps, on electrical transmission equipment.