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Marine Power Systems Contribute to Quoceant’s Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) Project to Accelerate Q-Connect

Quoceant are pleased to announce that Marine Power Systems are to join our OWGP project to accelerate our Q-Connect technology into the Floating Offshore Wind market.


Quoceant have been developing marine quick connection systems, both for mooring and electrical connections, for many years and gaining experience of their operation in both wave and tidal applications. Q-Connect recently completed a three-year programme of detailed design and qualification testing as part of Wave Energy Scotland's development programme.


The OWGP funding was secured in early 2024 to adapt Q-Connect for general use in floating wind by providing a design basis for integration of higher rated electrical connectors and increased load capacity mooring connectors.


Marine Power Systems (MPS) will provide funding, input, and guidance from a user’s perspective, and they are interested in using the Q-Connect system for either or both the mechanical connection of tethers and the electrical connection to the grid.


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MPS state that; "their advanced floating platform technology, PelaFlex, supports the rapid deployment of industrial scale floating offshore wind, whilst maximising local benefits and reducing both risk and overall project costs.”


Speaking about the project, Graham Foster, Chief Technology Officer at MPS said: “We welcome this opportunity to become the primary industrial partner in this project and work with the first-class team at Quoceant and support the development of innovative connection systems for floating offshore wind. This has the potential to further reduce costs and offer significant operational and maintenance advantages over existing connections systems.


Rosalind Hart, Co-Founder of Quoceant said: “Marine Power Systems will provide important input from the perspective of a floating wind developer, allowing us to shape our Q-Connect basis of design to the needs of the floating wind market generally. It is heartening to see the continued interest from across the sector for a quick connection solution.”


About the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership


The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) is a long-term business transformation programme that has been established as part of the UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal. It promotes closer collaboration across the supply chain, implements structured productivity improvement programmes and facilitates shared growth opportunities between developers and the supply chain.


OWGP has supported 225 UK companies since the organisation’s inception in 2019. There have been over 1400 registrations of interest on the OWGP website, where further information on the Innovation Grants can be found. For more information and to apply for funding or business transformation support, go to https://owgp.org.uk/funding-and-support-opportunities/


With funding from the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), delivery is focused on direct support to supply chain companies through a combination of, business transformation and grant funding. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is managing the delivery of OWGP with support from specialist delivery partners.



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