‘Power take off’ is the name given to 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.
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.
The companies selected and how much funding they are to receive – are:
Artemis Intelligent Power (£2,498,400)
University of Edinburgh (£2,499,556)
Bernard Hunter Crane
Umbra Cuscinetti SpA (£2,469,450)
Hebrides Marine Services
University of Edinburgh
Bureau Veritas UK
Green Marine UK
Supply Design Ltd
JGC Engineering & Technical Services Ltd
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse explained: “I am delighted to see a strong show of Scottish talent in this latest round of funding.
“The Scottish Government recognises the enormous potential for wave energy to contribute to European, and indeed, global – energy need, and we are fully behind this technology programme. I am pleased that our investment is now showing promising results.
“Supporting the development of wave energy technology in Scotland is allowing us to use home-grown skills while expanding our domestic marine energy sector.
“The power take-off programme is strategically important to Scotland and will help the Scottish supply chain to build collaborations and to maintain its strong lead in this emerging industry.”