Success Stories

Embedded Controller for Wave Energy Power Take Off

Embedded Controller for Wave Energy Power Take Off

Business brief:

Abelon’s client is a leader in AC/DC power conversion technology. The client wanted a highly reliable embedded controller design for their power converter and energy storage solution.  The power converter, storage and controller were to operate within the harsh environment of an off-shore wave energy generator.    A high level control and monitoring system based on shore needed to drive the overall system operation.

Abelon approach:

The brief required an industrial grade compute module with the necessary native I/O for the power converter and to drive the circuit breakers within the wave energy system.  The design requires a real-time synchronous response for system control and a loosely coupled  asynchronous interface with the high level control functions. A variety of communication technologies would be required, each best fit for the requirements of the system. 


The chosen compute module ran a linux distribution. The main embedded application was written in C using both Modbus and CANbus communications to control and configure the power hardware.  A Node.js application provided a  RESTFul web API for the high level controller, allowing both systems to operate independently but communicate when required.   The design provided the flexibility of a scripted core to drive system state transitions, allowing for easy reconfiguration. Abelon’s  design was successfully delivered on time and on budget. 

Aquatic Mammal Deterrent system

Salmon farm

Abelon’s client is a spin-out from a leading Scottish university with a reputation for pioneering work in the field of marine mammal research. The client approached Abelon to help commercialise a patent held by the university in order to develop an aquatic mammal deterrent system for use around fish farms or off shore drilling sites to prevent wild life from encroaching.


Scientific Measuring Instrument

Red laser

Abelon’s client is an established manufacturer of high precision optical measuring instruments for the scientific, medical and academic markets. They had previously had a particular instrument developed by a third party but now wanted to bring the design back in house to gain greater control of the product features. However as they did not have the requisite embedded systems design expertise internally, they turned to Abelon to develop the required control system.


Intelligent Security Communications Module

Security console

Our client is a world leader in the delivery of intelligent security systems who required additional resources to help develop a new communications module. The hardware was to be designed by the client and Abelon was responsible for verifying the hardware capabilities and providing the necessary firmware to run on the new board.

Blood analysis system


Abelon’s client is an innovative R&D branch of a leading Scottish university.  The enterprise has developed and patented a new technique for the detection of pathogens in the blood.  With an aim to roll out the technique industry-wide, the client approached Abelon to design and develop robust firmware for this prototype blood analysis system.

Medical laboratory test system


Abelon’s client is a UK-based medical devices company, developing cutting-edge technology for the self-monitoring and point-of-care industry.  A significant amount of time and investment is allocated to new product development.  Thus the company required embedded firmware and user application for its latest line of Lab Test Equipment, with an emphasis on 100% accuracy and reliability.

EDMI – pioneering smart gas meters

Helios meter hires sm

In a bid to give consumers greater control over their energy consumption, policy makers around the world are forming plans to introduce smart meters to households.  EDMI, a leading global energy company, required a new smart gas meter product and after reviewing their options, the company outsourced its firmware development brief and engaged Abelon to develop the next generation of smart gas meters.

Aker Solutions – leading the way in subsea communications


Aker Solutions is a leading global provider of engineering and construction services.  With over 50 years’ experience of subsea manufacturing and installation, the company required cutting-edge embedded technology to help retain its position at the forefront of the oil and gas sector.  Given the harsh operating environments and challenges of subsea activity, Aker approached Abelon on the strength of its reliable remote embedded systems.