Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS) has signed a new contract with Hunger Hydraulic UK for the supply of hydraulic cylinders and seals.

Dr Gareth Stockman, co-founder and managing director of MPS

Dr Gareth Stockman, co-founder and managing director of MPS

The products will be for MPS’ WaveSub power take off system, which will aim to provide reliable renewable energy sources through harnessing energy from ocean waves.

It has been developed to contribute to energy security targets and reduce a reliance on unpredictable and non-renewable energy supplies.

Dr Gareth Stockman, co-founder and managing director of MPS, said: “After looking into a number of cylinder manufacturers, we are pleased to award this contract to Hunger Hydraulic. As experts in the field and with a proven track record, Hunger Hydraulic was the obvious choice for MPS.”

He added: “The company is able to supply the whole package of cylinders and seals, which work seamlessly together, are fit for purpose and have undergone robust trials and testing.”

MPS’ WaveSub project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, with MPS receiving a £2m grant in October 2015.

Hunger Hydraulic have the potential to provide MPS with cylinders for the full scale WaveSub and at commercial scale.

“The importance of marine energy to future generations cannot be understated,” said John Jarrett, managing director of Hunger Hydraulic UK.

He concluded: “Hunger is proud to be at the forefront of marine power technology and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Gareth and his highly skilled team at MPS in the development of this exciting and innovative wave energy device.”

By Alice Mason