Baker Hughes, Mocean Energy and Verlume have signed a triparty memorandum of understanding to identify and discuss potential opportunities for collaboration on integrated wave energy and subsea energy storage solutions for the emerging subsea clean energy market.

To drive towards lower carbon operations, the MoU will explore the opportunities for integrated wave energy, energy storage and power delivery solutions to facilitate the electrification of subsea assets as well as the utilisation of renewable energy within harsh, deep-sea environments. Over an initial two-year period, the MoU will see the three parties utilise and share their combined capabilities within the subsea market, aiming at enabling the deployment of a reliable, uninterrupted power supply located at point of use for cost-effective and market-competitive electrical power solutions. This could be within temporary, permanent or back-up use cases, including charging systems for underwater vehicles and subsea production control systems.

Baker Hughes will contribute its expertise in the design and manufacture of subsea production equipment, by supplying subsea hardware including controls systems, power systems and other ancillary equipment. Verlume’s scope of supply will focus on the design and delivery of its Halo subsea energy storage system and Mocean Energy will be concentrating on the design and delivery of its Blue Star wave energy converters.

All parties are currently involved in Renewables for Subsea Power, a project combining Mocean Energy’s wave energy converter and Verlume’s Halo to deliver low carbon power and communication to subsea infrastructure such as Baker Hughes’ subsea controls equipment. This project, which will undergo onshore testing in late 2022, is a demonstration of the collaboration which has already taken place between the three signatories, and the types of opportunities that can now be further explored as part of the MoU.