Three (mostly Scottish) wave power developers share in new £600,000 Scot-Govt cash boost

The Billia Croo wave energy test site on Orkney: Photo Colin Keldie
The Billia Croo wave energy test site on Orkney: Photo Colin Keldie

Three new ‘control system’ concepts have been given another £600,000 in funding from the Scot-Govt wave power quango.

The control system for a wave energy converter is an essential sub-component and can constitute a complex piece of technology. Computer simulations and state of the art technologies can be married to create a new approach for controlling wave energy converters.

The following three winning projects were selected from a total of 13 bidding for the cash. They are:

  • Sgurr Control will work with Cruz Atcheson on the first project – they were awarded £187,000.
  • MaxSim’s winning submission built on experience from several key Scottish wave energy companies and was awarded £187,500.
  • Queen Mary University, London, will work with Exeter University and the Mocean Energy project team at Edinburgh. They were awarded £151,000.

A Scot-Govt energy department spokesman said: “These three projects represent the best new concepts for controls that can be best applied to novel wave energy converters. We’re pleased that we are utilising the experience from Scottish developers and growing that knowledge base at home.”

Meanwhile, a Scottish Grid operator has shared new seabed data with the European Marine Energy Centre having completed seabed surveys on the western edge of the Orkney mainland.

The new surveys were carried out as part of SSEN’s proposal to upgrade Orkney’s transmission connection to the mainland GB transmission system.

See also:

UK govt says Wave Energy Scotland is ‘backing the wrong horse’ and instead calls for sub-sea tidal energy priority 

28 Mar 2018



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