Wave Energy Scotland awards US$9.2 million for marine energy power take-off projects

In stage No. 3 of its wave energy program, Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has awarded a total of £7.5 million (US$9.2 million) for power take-off (PTO) projects, which will be completed over the next two years and involve 15 organizations from across Scotland, according to an announcement from WES.

PTO is the method used to convert wave motion into electrical energy, which can then be collected and used either in the grid, locally or stored for future use.

WES was set up in 2014 as a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and is fully-funded by the Scottish government.

The award recipients are:

  • Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd — £2,498,400 (US$3.1 million);
  • University of Edinburgh — £2,499,556 (US$3.08 million); and
  • Umbra Cuscinetti SpA — £2,469,450 (US$3.05 million).

WES said the projects will involve demonstration and testing of scale prototypes in a representative environment and cover a range of technology options: digital hydraulics, electrical linear generation and a ball-screw generation.

In January, HydroWorld.com reported WES provided £3 million (US$3.7 million) for wave energy convertor  structural materials and manufacturing process projects.

In stage No. 1 of the WES program, several projects were selected for concept design and were eligible to apply for stage No. 2 funding. The projects were assessed with external input and the best were selected to develop their projects further in stage No. 3.

WES expects to announce a fourth innovation funding call for Control Systems in April 2017.

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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