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  University hosts seminar and discussion with Carnegie Wave Energy

One of the world’s leading marine renewable energy companies has provided industry representatives, academics and students at Plymouth University with a priceless insight into its commercial journey.

Australian-based Carnegie Wave Energy (ASX: CWE) took time out from conducting an exhaustive array of tests on their CETO 6 device in the University’s Marine Building to discuss issues around research and development, and commercialisation.

The company’s UK CEO, Tim Sawyer, and its Senior Hydrodynamics Engineer, Dr Ashkan Rafiee, also facilitated a demonstration of its cutting edge wave energy device, which differs from its competitors by operating underwater.

Tim said:

“These tests are aimed at evaluating and informing the design of our CETO 6 technology ahead of larger scale work in open water environments. We’re in the process of conducting more than 340 separate tests, putting the technology through a range of different simulated operational and extreme sea states.” 

At a seminar on Thursday, Tim addressed an audience that included members of the Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), and masters students on Plymouth’s marine renewable energy postgraduate degree, with a session entitled ‘A Wave Developer’s Pathway to Commercialisation’, in which he outlined the development of CWE.

Stuart Herbert, the Commercial Director of Wave Hub, picked up on that theme as he provided his insight into some of the key issues in the sector – and the South West’s place within it.

After further sessions with Plymouth academics Professor Deborah Greaves and Dr Daniel Conley, the CETO 6 device was introduced and demonstrated by Dr Ashkan Rafiee, in the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport Laboratory (COAST) of the Marine Building.

Professor Greaves, Director of the COAST Lab, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting and working with Carnegie Wave Energy on such a comprehensive testing programme and to be discussing opportunities for further collaboration. Their visit has also enabled us to bring together industry representatives, academics and students for discussion and exploration of key issues in the sector – and thanks to Carnegie, we have gained a valuable insight into their remarkable commercial journey.”

“Working with academics at specialist facilities such as COAST is an important part of our strategic approach to developing our CETO technology,” added Tim. “And it was great that we were able to include these postgraduate students in these discussions because many will go on to build their careers in our sector.”

CWE is the latest organisation to make use of the University’s COAST Lab, which provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. 


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22 April 2016 


 We have an exciting array of International speakers visiting Plymouth University as part of the new CCOSE seminar series. The seminars run for an hour typically on the first available Wednesday of the month, and are normally held in a Portland Square (PSQ) lecture theatre. The seminar series is managed by Dr Jon Miles (


The seminars are open to members of the MPRG, CPRG and COAST research groups within CCOSE. They are also open to PhD, Masters and Undergraduate students within the marine area. People outside these groups are welcome, but an email to Dr Jon Miles ( would be very welcome, to help keep track of numbers.

Seminars will last for approximately one hour, including time for questions. There will be an informal opportunity to meet the speaker afterwards.


​Mon 7th December

​Prof. Tom Baldock

Surf and Swash Measurement and Modelling

​PSQ Devonport - 13.00
​Wed 10th February

​Joao Cruz (Cruz Acheson Consulting, Lisbon)

Requirements for 2nd generation marine renewables design tools - insights from an engineering consultancy

​PSQ Devonport - 14.00
Wed 9th March

​Alistair Borthwick (Edinburgh)

Water Sediment Dams


Academics interested in the general areas of coastal processes, coastal engineering, marine energy, sediment dynamics, and marine physics are encouraged to come along. Masters students on related MSc programmes are also encouraged to attend.

Please contact Dr Jon Miles by email if you have any queries. 


Four mechanical engineering students and COAST members from Plymouth University have pedalled their way to third place in an international submarine race – and broken the UK record in the process

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