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Arup signs for Scots wave study

Consultancy to investigate use of alternative materials for energy converters

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Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has appointed consulting engineers Arup to conduct two studies into alternative materials to be used for wave energy conversion devices.

One study will see Arup undertake an engineering design assessment to better understand the potential for concrete to become the main structural material for wave energy devices.

Arup is leading the study, with participation from Cruz Atcheson, Sea Power, Wello and British Precast.

For the second study, Arup will support Cruz Atcheson in an assessment of hybrid structures using reinforced polymers as the main structural material.

Arup said it will be undertake structural analysis and provide composite design support.

Arup project manager Jacob Ahlqvist said: “We are focused on finding a step change solution for wave energy conversion devices to help wave power reach its potential both off the coast of Scotland and worldwide.”

Wave Energy Scotland managing director Tim Hurst said: “Wave Energy Scotland is pleased that the programme will benefit from Arup’s considerable wealth of knowledge about structural materials and manufacturing processes.

“I am looking forward to hearing the conclusions from these studies and the materials’ applicability to wave energy converters.”

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