January 13 (SeeNews) - Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is awarding 10 projects as part of its GBP-3-million (USD 3.7m/EUR 3.4m) call for Structural Materials and Manufacturing Process (SMMP) projects, it said on Tuesday.
WES, which is a unit of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is supporting projects that will investigate the use of alternative materials such as rubbers, plastics and concrete, or a mix of these, to build wave energy converters. At present, these devices are predominantly made from steel, which, WES says, is costly and susceptible to corrosion.
The parties that won financing include CorPower Ocean AB, Cruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers Lda, Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd, Polygen Ltd, Quoceant Ltd, Technology From Ideas Ltd and Tension Technology International Ltd, as well as the University of Edinburgh, which got support for two projects. The individual grants range in size from GBP 209,000 to GBP 250,000.
“This funding could result in longer lasting wave converters that are better able to harness the power of the sea and more efficiently turn it into renewable energy,” commented Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.
Including the latest awards, WES has invested a total of GBP 15 million in wave energy development in less than two years.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.219/EUR 1.145)