Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body Wave Energy Scotland ( WES) will receive a total of £14.3 million (or $ 22 million) over the next thirteen months, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced earlier this week. Wave Energy Scotland’ awarded its first contract to a group of 12 former Pelamis employees, led by former Chief Executive of Pelamis Wave Power Richard Yemm, to capture the knowledge of the Pelamis technology development path for the wider benefit of the wave energy sector.
Scotland’s energy minister, Fergus Ewing had this to say:
We have adopted a completely new approach to funding the sector. It’s one that will foster collaborative research and development and will encourage technology developers to work with large engineering companies, academics and each other to address shared challenges.
Speaking ahead of the RenewableUK conference in Edinburgh Mr Ewing said:
I am very pleased to offer a significant budget of over £14 million to kick start Wave Energy Scotland. This is the biggest technology development programme the wave sector has ever seen.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.