Ecosse Subsea wins £2.5m Scot-Govt grant for new prototype wave energy turbine

Michael Cowie
Michael Cowie

Ecosse Subsea has won a £2.5 million Scot-Govt grant to develop a magnetic gear project that converts wave movement into electricity.

The Banchory-based developer – whose main market is in providing sea-bed ploughs – will work in collaboration with Bathwick Electrical, Supply Design Ltd, Pure Marine Gen on the project.

Michael Cowie, Ecosse Subsea’s Technical Director, said: “We believe the efficiency and reliability advantages of our power take-off system are critical to producing wave energy converters that are cost competitive with other renewable energy technologies. 

“This funding will support the development and demonstration the PTO system on a wave energy converter in real-sea conditions – enabling our collaboration to secure investment for the commercialisation of the technology.”

A Scot-Govt spokesman added: “This is the kind of innovation and collaboration that is behind Scotland’s status as a global leader in the development of wave energy technology.

“This project has the very real potential to result in a robust system for harnessing wave movement and converting it to electricity.

“Crucially, it will be capable of surviving harsh marine conditions and compatible with a wide variety of wave devices. We very much look forward to following its progress.”

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