Scotland’s wave energy agency joins £8m EU development project as Scots marine power developers get first peek at EU’s new Ocean Energy market study

Scotland’s national wave energy development agency has joined an £8 million EU-funded project to create advanced open source software to optimise the efficiency and effectiveness of wave and tidal energy systems.

Wave Energy Scotland will lead the Stage Gate Design section of the project, providing insight from its technology development programme.

This programme has awarded 77 projects a total of £28.2 million since 2014.

The outcome of DTOcean+ project will be a free software package which can support wave power development companies in testing their concepts at an early stage. It will help improve the reliability, performance and endurance of ocean energy systems, making the sector more attractive for private investment.

The DTOcean+ partnership started in May 2018 and will run until April 2021. It is managed by Tecnalia in Spain and brings together 15 partners from eight EU nations – which currently includes the UK.

WES is already working with US partner Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on developing common metrics for evaluating wave energy devices.

Meanwhile, Scottish Energy Minister  Paul Wheelhouse  is due to showcase Scotland’s subsea and marine energy resources to a Brussels conference which coincides with the start of the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week on 4 June 2018.

A spkesman for Scotland House, the organisers, said the seminar aims to explore how continued investment and innovation across Scotland’s oil and gas sector, including exploration, innovation, subsea engineering, decommissioning and carbon capture and storage, can be incredibly beneficial to Europe as a whole (in terms of developing the new solutions and technologies in marine renewables, aquaculture and deep-sea monitoring), and can help to make Europe a global leader in managing ocean energy resources.

The Scottish Energy Strategy commits the Scot-Govt to generating the equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2030, and to a 30% increase in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy.

A Scot-Govt spokesman added: “These targets confirm Scotland’s high level of ambition as negotiations continue at the EU level on the Clean Energy Package and associated 2030 targets for energy efficiency and renewables.”

Also next week, the EU Commission’s Maritime agency will provide the first peek into its Market Study on EU Ocean Energy.

Flying the flag for Scotland’s marine energy sector at the conference will be Cameron Smith from Atlantis Resources – which is developing the MeyGen subsea tidal power station in the  Pentland Firth and Gavin McPherson from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation.

1 Jun 2018

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