A Scottish Government-backed initative has awarded £250,000 for wave energy research.
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is supporting two landscaping studies focused on material and structural forces.
They aim to identify the future requirements of the wave sector and enable WES to target technology development where it is most needed.
The research will be carried out by Arup and the Institute for Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh.
WES has also commissioned a consortium of seven companies, led by Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, which will investigate the opportunities for technology transfer from more mature industries into the wave sector.
Tim Hurst, Managing Director at WES said: “These studies will assist WES to understand where gaps exist in our understanding that will require future research or development in order to drive the development of wave devices. I have no doubt that there are reliable technologies used elsewhere in other industrial sectors which can be employed in developing wave energy technology.”