Scot-Govt wave power quango (finally) calls for NSRI sub-sea oil expert help for new Scottish tidal energy projects

Dr Gordon Drummond, project director for NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative)
Dr Gordon Drummond, project director, National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI)

A new online facility has been developed to help subsea supply companies collaborate in bidding for contracts in wave and tidal energy.

The National Subsea Research Initiative has teamed up with the Scot-Govt wave power quango to provide the facility.

The move is in recognition of the fact that the sea-surface focused Scottish wave power quango needs to widen its research and development support to include ‘alternative generation technologies’ – ie tidal power and commercial sub-sea services providers.

Gordon Drummond, Project Director of the *Aiberdeen-based NSRI, explained: “The wave and tidal sectors are less mature in their contribution to energy production, as a result they are currently more expensive than traditional generating resources.

“This new approach presents a huge opportunity for subsea supply chain companies to adapt their technologies and techniques to support the development of large-scale wave and tidal power farms.

‘In the long run, it should also help subsea companies to join the Scots wave energy sector.’

The service is currently split into five themes: operations and maintenance; subsea structures; installation; systems; health and safety; and environmental impact. This enables companies to quickly identify how they can support the wave and tidal sectors by selecting their specialisms.

The online matchmaker database is specifically designed to help companies find other organisations with the expertise they are looking for, and also to highlight their own credentials.

** Unlike the Scottish parliament, Scottish Energy News operates an inclusive linguistic policy and recognises all three of Scotland’s languages – English, Scots and Gaelic.

14 Dec 2017

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