Four Scottish companies secure £1.4m from Wave Enery Scotland for wave energy projects

Four projects led by Apollo, Blackfish Engineering Design, Nova Innovation and Quoceant will share just under £1.4 million of funding from Wave Energy Scotland (WES) for initiatives that aim to bring down the cost of wave power.

The teams have secured funding from WES to develop quick connection systems to improve the installation efficiency and infrastructure of wave power devices. 

Apollo’s PALM connector uses a passive locking mechanism that provides the connection and load transfer between the wave energy convertor (WEC) and its moorings. This function is purely mechanical and requires only the input of a suitable deck winch on the installation vessel.

Blackfish Engineering Design’s C-DART provides a remote installation system for a WEC or other floating system. The novel system allows quick connection and disconnection of a WEC to an offshore buoy, providing both a mechanical mooring and electrical connection.

Nova Innovation’s MECmate is a wet-mate connection solution specifically designed for marine energy converters (MECs). The project builds on their proven NovaCan technology currently in operation in Nova’s Shetland tidal array.

Quoceant’s Q-Connect is a set of modular subsystems that can be combined in different configurations to provide quick, safe, and low-cost connection for wave and tidal energy devices.  The system can cater for slack and taut moored devices on the surface or sub-sea.

Commenting on the awards, Tim Hurst, managing director of WES, said: “This programme will develop technology that will reduce the cost of wave and tidal energy and ultimately help marine energy play a part in Scotland’s net-zero future. 

“Connecting and disconnecting devices quickly and remotely will increase safety in offshore operations, and the wider potential for these technologies is significant across offshore and subsea applications.”

Paul Wheelhouse, energy minister, added: “This announcement represents an important step forward for Scotland’s world-leading wave energy sector.  We believe that wave energy offers tremendous economic potential and can play an important role in Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency.

“I am immensely proud of the progress being made under our Wave Energy Scotland programme, which is by far the largest of its kind in the world.  I congratulate all the successful teams under this funding call and look forward to seeing further progress from these projects in the months to come.”

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