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Cutting the costs of wave energy: apply for business contracts

Businesses could win £300,000 to look at using new materials and processes that significantly cut the cost of producing energy from waves.


Wave Energy Scotland is seeking business projects that look at ways of building wave energy converters with alternative materials that could significantly reduce the overall cost of producing energy from waves.

Businesses could win contracts of up to £300,000 to investigate ideas in one of the following material categories:

  • hybrid structures using rotational moulding of polymers
  • elastomers
  • concretes
  • other alternative materials

Projects will be expected to deliver engineering design studies that could be developed in later stages of the competition. Studies will need to address the design of the wave energy converter and assess the material’s ability to withstand the typical forces experienced by a converter.

Wave Energy Scotland is a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Its aim is to support innovative wave energy technologies.

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 18 July 2016 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 8 September 2016
  • up to £300,000 is available for fully funded engineering design studies that are expected to last 12 months
  • an information webinar will be held on 22 July 2016 and a brokerage event on 9 August 2016

Find out more about this competition and apply

Published 18 July 2016