Wave Energy Scotland is seeking to invest up to £320k ex VAT on 4 short projects that will help shape their future research and development programmes. The first two contracts will involve evaluating the innovation landscape to find the optimum choices for electrical connection solutions and foundations and moorings. Usually these systems in a wave device can amount to as much as a quarter of the capital costs so reducing these costs is of paramount importance. Bids for this work have now closed.
The remaining two contracts will involve ‘horizon scanning’ to understand opportunities in very large scale wave energy converters and alternative generation techniques. The appointed project teams will likely be looking to other sectors and to the specific characteristics of wave energy generation to find the best opportunities for innovation and cost reduction. Bids for this work will open mid November.
Companies can register to apply by visiting the WES website or Public Contracts Scotland.