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Two Scots Firms Secure £7.7m Funding

Wednesday January 9th, 2019

Two new Scottish wave energy devices will take to the sea in 2020 following the award of £7.7 million from Wave Energy Scotland.waves_11307874Sml

Both winning firms – Edinburgh-based Mocean Energy and AWS Ocean Energy from Inverness – will use the funds to build half-scale wave energy machines and test them in real ocean conditions at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

It is anticipated this will lead to the technologies being developed at full-scale in the years ahead.

Mocean’s technology ‘Blue Horizon’ [pictured] is a floating hinged structure; whilst AWS has developed a fully-submerged point absorber named the ‘Archimedes Waveswing’.

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands said:

With 465,000 square kilometres of seas in Scotland’s Exclusive Economic Zone, Scotland’s capacity to generate wave power is very considerable indeed and wave energy devices represent real game-changers for the industry not only here in Scotland but on a global scale. The Scottish Government’s consistent and long-term support is delivering exciting results as the sector moves from innovation to commercial viability. The deployment of these two devices will represent a strategically important milestone for Scotland, demonstrating technical progress that will support identification of the most cost-effective technologies and encouraging private sector investment in this emerging industry. With our skilled supply chain and expertise in energy innovation, Scotland is ideally positioned to both support and benefit from the expansion of the marine energy sector domestically and globally. I very much look forward to seeing the progress of both devices in the coming months.”

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