Wave Energy Scotland (WES) announced on 27 March that consortia led by Arup and Tension Technology International have secured £1mn for projects that aim to bring down the cost of wave power.
The Arup consortium aims to show that pre-cast reinforced concrete can be incorporated in a variety of wave technologies. Tension Technology International will advance the design of their flexible buoyant pod that is encapsulated in a fibre rope net.
Tim Hurst, managing director of WES, said: “Our goal is to deliver technologies that can produce power reliably and can demonstrate a route to commercial readiness. These two projects use materials that have a long history of use in the marine environment but so far have not been considered for wave energy machines. We believe both have real potential to be incorporated in future devices and bring down the cost of wave power.”