Sep 14 (Renewables Now) - Wave Energy Scotland (WES) said on Wednesday it has awarded over GBP 660,000 (USD 871,000/EUR 733,000) to 13 projects as part of a recent call for innovative control systems for wave energy converters (WECs).
The winning developers include wave technology developers Marine Power Systems, Altran UK Ltd, CorPower Ocean AB, Mocean Energy and Wave for Energy. Several universities, among which are the University of Bath, University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary University of London, are partners in some of the selected projects.
The successful applicants will get grants of between GBP 28,000 and GBP 47,000 each, according to the press release.
WES pointed out that control systems can improve energy yield, lower operating costs and boost survivability of wave energy devices. This is WES' fourth competitive call. The technology development body, which is backed by the Scottish government, has awarded GBP 25.3 million under its innovation programme during the past three years, it said.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.320/EUR 1.111)