EXCLUSIVE: Six Scottish micro-firms scoop share in £500,000 Scot-govt wave energy research project

Andy Clegg
Andy Clegg

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

The Scot-Govt’s wave energy quango has spent some £500,000 on both local and foreign companies as part of a feasibility study on control systems for wave energy converters as part of its ongoing state subsidy to support the sector ‘until the technical and commercial risks are low enough’ for the private sector to re-enter the market.

A total of 35 bids were made to share in the funding, which included six from other EU states and two from other countries outside the EU-bloc.

Of the 13 winning bids, fewer than half (6) went to Scottish or Scotland-based supplier – and one of these is a subsidiary of a larger wave power developer based in France.The winning bidders are:

  • Cheros srl, Pisa, Italy
  • CPower Alba, Glasgow
  • EPF Elettrotecnica srl, Italy
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain
  • Industrial Systems and Control Ltd, Glasgow
  • Innosea Ltd, Edinburgh
  • MarynSol Ltd, Edinburgh
  • MaxSim Ltd, Edinburgh
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Sgurr Control Ltd, Aberdeen
  • University of Bath (2 projects)
  • Wave Venture Ltd, Truro, England

CPower Alba was set up in Glasgow by US national Arvid Lesemann in May 2017. He is the sole registered company director in the company in which Columbia Power Technologies, of Charlottesville, Virginia USA has a 75% equity stake.

Privately-held Industrial Systems and Control Ltd – a multi-discipline engineering consultancy with a staff of 10 people – was set up in Glasgow in 1987 by Prof. Mike Grimble, who is also the company’s technical director.

Andy Clegg, Managing Director of ISC Ltd – which is working in partnership with Pelagic Innovation and Mocean Energy – explained: “This project will evaluate the potential for nonlinear optimal control in wave energy devices to address the fundamental control challenges, that ISC Ltd has been researching for a number of years in other industrial applications, such as automotive powertrain control.”

Innosea Ltd is a subsidiary of a larger French renewable energy group of the same name. The Scottish company was set up in 2014, led by director Hakim Mouslim and stated it had more than £50,000 cash in the bank in its latest accounts.

MarynSol Ltd (aka ‘marine solutions’) started in 2016, and is based in Leith, Edinburgh. It provides  solutions for marine survey and data analytics to the marine renewable energy sector and is leading the DataWave consortium which includes Wave Venture, Mocean Energy, Polygen and CorPower Ocean.

Dr Jonathan Evans, Director, MarynSol, explained: “The adoption of an Open Data Architecture for wave energy convertors will facilitate the development of common, re-usable data analytics tools to provide functions such as Diagnostic Processes, Alarm Systems, Decision Support and Operator Situation Awareness tools.

“These could applied to a wide variety of wave energy devices and we believe that companies that exploit their data will perform better by gaining insights into their technical and commercial performance. Better data equals better decisions.

MarynSol also provided a solution to Nova Innovation built on its SeaSmart Analytics  system, giving them real-time and historic access to their data for insights into system trends.

MaxSim Ltd was set up in 2015 in Edinburgh by Dr. Paul Stansell, the company’s sole employee.

22 Nov 2017

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