WES launches third call
£3m for structural materials and wave manufacturing processes
Wave Energy Scotland has launched a £3m call for engineering design studies into structural materials and manufacturing processes in relation to wave technology.
The studies will examine whether it is possible to make a step-change in the levelised cost of energy by constructing wave energy devices from a range of materials.
WES is seeking project proposals on hybrid structures such as those using rotational moulding of polymers or fibre reinforced composites and/or steel; elastomers; and concretes.
Other materials will be also considered.
WES will cover 100% of project costs for the first stage of the three-stage programme by providing up to £250,000 per project of up to 12 months duration. Applicants are free to contribute further funds if desired.
The closing date for applications is 8 September.
WES director Tim Hurst said: “We know there are industries which have specialised experience of testing various materials and of their manufacturing processes.
“WES needs to tap into that expertise and build working relationships with these companies, by bringing them into the programme to discover which materials are best suited to WEC construction.”
Image: University of Edinburgh's FloWave wave energy facility (FloWave)