Volta's Development Story


November 2015

After 100 days at sea, Volta is back for scheduled inspection and upgrade. 

Performance results so far are very promising, and we look forward to collecting even more data through the turbulent winter ahead…..

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August 2015

Volta has successfully been installed...

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On 30th July Volta was towed from the Marine Designs Ltd slipway out to the FaBTest site.

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Under the tight operations of Mojo Maritime Ltd, the whole procedure went very smoothly, with all work completed after only 4 hours at sea.

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July 2015

 The moorings have been installed at the FaBTest site, and Volta is ready for launch.

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June 2015

The full scale Volta build has commenced down in Falmouth. Team are working hard to deploy in August...

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April 2015

Trial deployment of half the Volta device in a Scottish loch near Oban. This was primarily to test buoyancy of the device and to examine how she tows in the water. 

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December 2014

Structural testing of a Volta flap, here simulating the forces of a 7m high wave!

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November 2014

Successfully awarded an InnovateUK grant to support a full scale demonstration prototype next year. Watch this space....


May 2014

The National University of Ireland Maynooth utilised a 5th scale Volta to calibrate the performance data from their most recent simulations. This was conducted in the impressive Ocean Basin at the University of Plymouth. 



April 2014

PolyGen team up with Sound & Sea Technology to conduct wave tank testing in the Coastal Basin at Plymouth University. This time was primarily to improve our understanding of the key variables used in the 3D simulations.



March 2014

PolyGen are granted a Technology Strategy Board SMART award for a Proof of Market study for their small scale wave energy device. This is a 4 month collaborative project with innovation managers Inventya Ltd.


February 2014

Phase II of the hydrodynamic modelling of Volta is now underway...

This 3 month package of work, conducted by Sound & Sea Technology, will optmise the geometry of the device for a specific sea state, ploughing the way for our first sea trial later this year.


November 2013

Volta embarks on its first physical testing at the state-of-the-art facilities at Plymouth University.

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October 2013

PolyGen win a Technology Strategy Board award for new innovation.


August 2013

A 3 month contract signed with Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) to conduct in depth computational analysis of the device.

This enabled the building of the first business models, showing very high yields for such a cheap device. Now the project really takes off...

 Significant design improvements implemented, leading to the rebranding of the device from the large WaveFlex to a more compact Volta design.


April 2013

WaveFlex patent submitted.

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December 2012

WaveFlex invented.

This was done whilst bulding a simple list of attributes that a WEC would have to enable it to be made entirely of Polyethylene. Key features being:

  • Low cost of electricity
  • High power even in low waves
  • Easily adaptable to any location
  • Highly survivable, by design
  • Easy build and maintenance
  • Simple mooring