SeaPower Gen Ltd (SPG) started trading in 2016 with the objective of developing small scale river and tidal turbines. Donald Bent, the Founder, has a background in power projects internationally, and as a lifelong offshore sailor understands the power of the tides. He decided on tidal as unlike wind, wave and solar, tidal is predictable well into the future. It could be called base load power, which the grid loves.
The rotor design (like a stretched water wheel) was developed using the CFD facilities of Southampton Solent University. The marine composite rotor was manufactured, and the rig designed, built and installed on the catamaran platform using companies centred round the Hamble, Southampton. This area is the centre of much of the UKs marine industry.