Scotland makes wave call

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State-run R&D body Wave Energy Scotland has launched its second technology call with a search for novel wave energy converter devices.

WES is inviting applications for project costs via a contract for research and development services for “truly novel" devices that have not been previously developed and characterised.

However, WES will consider supporting existing device concepts which have “previously progressed to higher levels of maturity but where significant improvement potential has been identified and demonstrated”.

Applicants will need to have already identified a concept and carried out preliminary feasibility work.

“It is all about being able to prove the credibility of that work by providing evidence of the concept’s scientific, technical and engineering data,” said WES director Tim Hurst.

“However, we will consider technologies which need to go back to more early stage testing because the work to date has identified a significant potential to do things differently,” he added.

There are three stages to the novel wave energy converter call, with the ultimate aim that of producing a scale prototype device.

This first stage will see contracts awarded for up to £300k per project over a 12-month period for concept characterisation and refinement.

Interested parties must register with Public Contracts Scotland where they will be able to download the call documentation, ask questions and upload applications.

The tender closes on 13 August and the contract award date is 21 October.

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Scotland energy minister Fergus Ewing said that the second project call is an “important day for WES”.

“This is a key opportunity for innovative technology developers to get involved in WES and come up with genuinely novel ideas which provide solutions for the cost effective generation of electricity from wave energy,” he commented.

This is the second in a series of competitive calls from WES, which is administered by Highland and Islands Enterprise. WES anticipates the outcome of the PTO call will be announced by the middle of August.