Scots tidal clears hurdle
Hull of QED Naval SubHub device completes factory acceptance test
Scottish marine developer QED Naval has completed the factory acceptance test of the steel hull for its SubHub tidal platform.
The hull was made by Northern Irish fabricator Cimpina at its facilities in Belfast Docks.
The tests included lifting the hull off its cradle and supporting structure and onto its main leg structure that fully supports its weight.
The SubHub is a foundation structure designed to be secure mini-arrays of tidal turbines to the seabed.
QED Naval has taken over responsibility for all the outfitting of the SubHub and has completed all the internal outfit.
The hull named Kraken is awaiting painting which will be completed in early October.
QED Naval are currently commissioning and testing the SubHub’s ballast and instrumentation systems prior to a planned launch in early 2018.
Image: SubHub undergoing pressure tests (QED Naval)