FloWave and EMEC team up for WES novel device call

EMEC and FloWave join forces to offer ‘one-stop-shop’ to next-generation wave energy developers.

Scotland’s world-leading wave energy test centres have joined forces to support technology firms aiming to develop the next generation of wave energy converters.

The European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, and the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University will work together to offer real world technical input and sophisticated tank testing capability to developers applying to Wave Energy Scotland’s latest funding call on novel wave energy converter concepts.

Announced yesterday (10 June 2015), the call will offer up to 100 per cent funding to develop novel wave energy concepts that have not previously been developed and characterised. Focusing on the prime mover and structure, Wave Energy Scotland (WES) expects to fund up to eight projects with this £2.4m Stage 1 call.

Up to £300,000 of funding is available to each project selected, and test tank performance and validation testing – as witnessed and verified by a suitable third party assessor – is a key requirement for developers to evidence their device performance and other claims to WES.

The deadline for applications is 13 August 2015.

The best performing devices from this first stage will progress through a competitive selection process to Stage 2 and from there to Stage 3, a scaled prototype deployed at an offshore test berth in Scottish waters.

Commenting on the call, Oliver Wragg, EMEC’s commercial director said:

“As well as having some of the best wave energy resources in Europe, Scotland has the most advanced test facilities in the world.

“At EMEC we have more than a decade of experience in helping developers prove full and part-scale wave energy convertors in real sea conditions; whilst FloWave has been designed from the ground up to be the best facility in the world for testing wave and tidal energy devices at tank scale.

“EMEC provided a lot of dedicated technical input and support to developers in the previous Wave Energy Scotland call for power take-off systems, specifically in the area of test result verification, and we’re keen to provide developers with the support they need to submit a successful bid in this round of applications,” Wragg concludes.

Stuart Brown, FloWave’s chief executive officer said:

“FloWave is already developing tools to replicate the exact conditions experienced at EMEC within the test tank – a vital tool for demonstrating that device concepts are both ‘fit for purpose’ and should proceed to the next developmental stage of funding from Wave Energy Scotland.

“By ensuring that tank testing reflects real world conditions to the greatest extent possible, and in particular the actual EMEC sites where devices are likely to be deployed in the later stages of development, FloWave and EMEC can jointly offer a clear route ‘from the lab to the ocean’ for any new technology” Brown concludes.

If you’re interested in putting a proposal forward to the call, please contact either Oliver Wragg, oliver.wragg@emec.org.uk, or Stuart Brown, stuart.brown@flowavett.co.uk, for further details.

For further information on the call, please visit http://www.hie.co.uk/growth-sectors/energy/wave-energy-scotland/. An information webinar will be held on Thursday 18 June 2015.

Wave Energy Scotland was established in 2014 to support and accelerate the development of wave energy technology in Scotland. It forms part of the development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise and is funded by the Scottish Government. This is the second of five calls WES are expected to make in 2015-16. The power take-off (PTO) call closed mid-May, with future calls likely to focus on moorings, control systems and WEC structures.

Wave device developers past and present at FloWave
Wave device developers past and present at FloWave
FloWave CEO Stuart Brown at EMEC's Billia Croo wave energy site
FloWave CEO Stuart Brown at EMEC's Billia Croo wave energy site