The Advisory Group acts as a forum for support and guidance to WES. It also considers how best to develop the WES programme to achieve the aims and objectives of the organisation. Group members are appointed for a three-year term. Find out more about the members of the Advisory Group on our people page.

Wave Energy Scotland is an innovative model, but the principle of establishing a publicly-supported centre of excellence to accelerate sectoral development is well established. Scotland needs to be able to support the sector in a way which does not rely on private investment until devices are ready for commercialisation.

Each of WES’s programme stages will have ‘gate entry’ criteria that applicants will need to meet in order to be assessed.

Applications are assessed according to their technical and commercial merit, impact on cost reduction and performance improvement. As well as assessment by the WES team, certain aspects of applications will be examined by technical experts provided by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and third party experts contracted by WES where required. WES may request clarifications if required.

Wave energy is a relatively young industry and the challenges it faces are not unique to Scotland.  Although there have been setbacks, there is no doubt that Scotland has extraordinary potential in wave energy and could become a world leader – if we make the right decisions now.

Technology developers can get involved in the Wave Energy Scotland programme via a competitive call process. These calls are advertised widely, including on this website, and are open for several weeks to encourage wide take up. Applications are always made through Public Contracts Scotland. Developers are also invited to attend our workshops and conferences and to receive further updates via WES newsletters.