Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is providing over $896,000 of funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing innovative control systems for wave energy converters. This initiative will bring together control systems specialists from mature sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas, to work with Scottish technology developers in addressing the challenges of controlling and integrating Wave Energy Converter (WEC) systems.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse stated, “I am very pleased to announce this latest funding by Wave Energy Scotland for innovative control systems. I am especially proud to see the number of Scottish firms involved at lead contractor or subcontractor level and I am confident that some of these projects will play a part in improving the performance of the wave energy devices of the future.”
Tim Hurst, Managing Director for Wave Energy Scotland said: “These thirteen proposals are very exciting. With today’s ocean measurement technologies and data processing advances, the control system should be able to monitor the waves and adjust the wave energy device’s movement to suit them. These new projects will take us further towards our quest of finding the winning designs for a cost-effective wave energy device.”
People interested in tracking progress in developing Scotland’s wave energy technology can access the online library, launched in July of this year by WES. Over 100 documents are currently available, with future releases of more documents as the program advances. The library will be updated with additional reports and details of the projects coming under the WES umbrella, including international collaborations and historic research.
The new online resource is easily accessible for free via the WES website. For further information and to register visit WES Online Library.