Four wave technology developers have scooped a total £2.84m to progress to stage two of Wave Energy Scotland’s (WES) Novel Wave Energy Converter (NWEC) programme.

AWS Ocean Energy, Mocean Energy, 4c Engineering and Checkmate Seaenergy have each been awarded around £700,000 by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise subsidiary.

The funding will support further design, modelling and testing of technologies being developed through the programme, one of a series designed to help commercialise the wave energy sector in Scotland.

The technology incubator chose from eight stage-one projects awarded funding in November 2015. Stage two is expected to run until autumn 2018.

Once this stage concludes, the project teams can apply for stage three funding to develop a scaled prototype device for real sea testing at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

The latest funding WES brings the total investment by the organisation in wave energy technology development to £24.6m across 56 projects since 2014.

WES director Tim Hurst said: “I am pleased to confirm our further support for these four projects through to the next stage of development and very much look forward to seeing how the project teams might further develop their wave energy converter designs.”

Image: AWS-3 wave device (AWS Ocean Energy)