Wave Energy Scotland has recently named all the winners in a Europe-wide call to find new technologies to quickly and easily connect wave energy devices at sea.
The seven winning projects for WES Quick Connections System programme have a total value of around £460,000.
According to the tender documents, out of 21 candidates, WES has selected Apollo Offshore Engineering, Subsea Riser Products, Blackfish Engineering Design, Ditrel Industrial, Nova Innovation, Quoceant and TTI Marine Renewables.
The seven winners have three months to deliver feasibility studies on their proposed technologies. They will then compete to pass through two further ‘stage gates’ to design and ultimately build and test their concept.
The Quick Connections Systems call is the fifth innovation call from WES.
Several technologies have already progressed through feasibility, design and development stages for these calls, including two wave energy companies developing half-scale devices which will be tested at sea in Orkney in 2020.