New £2.84m wave of funding for Scottish projects

Four wave energy projects in Scotland are to share a total of £2.84 million in funding. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is providing the cash to further support the design, modelling […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Four wave energy projects in Scotland are to share a total of £2.84 million in funding.

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is providing the cash to further support the design, modelling and testing of technologies being developed through WES’ Novel Wave Energy Converter (NWEC) programme.

It focuses on solutions to capture wave movement.

The four developers that won funding are 4c Engineering, AWS Ocean Energy, Checkmate Seaenergy and Mocean Energy.

Once the second stage is complete in autumn 2018, the project teams can apply for stage three funding to develop a scaled prototype device for real sea testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Tim Hurst, WES Managing Director said: “Our competitive technology development process aims to bring forward projects that will promote greater confidence in the technical performance of wave energy systems.

“I am pleased to confirm our further support for these four projects through to the next stage of development and very much look forward to seeing how the project teams might further develop their wave energy converter designs.”

The latest announcement from WES brings its total investment in wave energy technology development to £24.6 million across 56 projects in around two years.