Closed Calls

This Innovation funding call opened 5th April and will be open for applications over ten weeks until 12th June.

The webinar can be watched again here.

One company can apply to the call with Control Systems project proposals, but it is expected that smaller concerns assemble a consortia to bid for project awards. The brokerage event is specifically designed to facilitate this process. It is being held in Edinburgh on Friday May 12th. A website sign up is available for companies to upload profiles and arrange meetings at this event.

Wave Energy Scotland’s (WES) most recent call was for research and development services for Structural Materials and Manufacturing Processes, specifically focused on the construction of the WEC structure and prime mover.

The challenge in the call was to fully investigate the attractiveness of promising alternative materials and associated manufacturing processes for application to the structure and prime mover of WECs. WES requested proposals relating to one of the following material categories:

  • Hybrid Structures using rotational moulding of polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Concretes
  • Other alternative materials that could provide a step change in LCOE

Webinar and Brokerage Event

The information webinar took place on 22 July when potential applicants were able to seek clarification on the proposal.

The webinar can be viewed below and you can now download the following documents:

The brokerage event took place on 9 August at the Hilton Grosvenor Edinburgh, Haymarket, Edinburgh to allow potential applicants the opportunity to meet members of Scottish industry and investigate partnerships. The presentations are available on the PCS website. Companies which registered a profile for the event can be found here.

Indicative Timeline

  • Contract Notice published 18/07/2016
  • Information Webinar 22/07/2016 - completed and now online.
  • Brokerage Event 09/08/2016
  • Deadline for clarifications through PCS 24/08/2016 12.00 hrs
  • Tender Deadline 8/09/2016 12.00 hrs
  • Assessor Clarifications (if required) 02/11/2016
  • Contract Award 19/01/2017

Projects for Structural Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Project: HydroComp

Lead Partner: CorPower Ocean AB

Description: The HydroComp project brings innovative material and manufacturing for wave energy devices structures using Balmoral’s long experience in structural design, materials and production for offshore environments, CorPower Ocean and WaveVenture expertise in numerical modelling, design load cases, system design and LCOE analysis. The combined efforts will assess the viability of hybrid Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) prime movers for point absorber Wave Energy Converters (WEC). Benchmarking of target outcome metrics affordability, availability, survivability and performance will be provided, and the overall impact on Levellised-Cost-of-Energy reported

Other Partners: Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Wave Venture
Contract amount: £248,600.00

Project: Reinforced Polymers for Wave EneRgy (RePOWER)

Lead Partner: Cruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers Lda

Description: The RePower consortium aims to assess the use of hybrid structures with reinforced polymers as the prime mover of point absorber wave energy converters (WESs).

The project brings together leading WEC developers, an independent engineering design team and materials & manufacturing experts, in an effort to conduct a definitive assessment of the technical and economic viability of using reinforced polymers as a key structural material in WEC design.

Other Partners: Carnegie Wave Energy, CorPower Ocean, Arup Consulting Engineers, DNV-GL, National Composites Centre
Contract amount: £249,614.00

Project: Advanced Rotational Moulding for Ocean Renewables (ARMOR)

Lead Partner: Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd

Description: This project’s unique selling point is that is both technology and solution agnostic bringing the widest range of solution to the most appropriate wave energy concepts. Initially the project shall undertake a screening exercise to identify the most appropriate concepts followed up by detailed designs and load modelling. This shall occur iteratively with the material selection review. The final material selection shall therefore be optimised to maximise LCOE. Manufacturing studies, cost modelling and risk evaluation shall finally be undertaken to ensure that the project meets its ambitions.

Other Partners: Crompton Moulding Ltd., WaveVenture Ltd.,Carbon Trust
Contract amount: £249,762.00

Project: Concrete as a Technology Enabler (CREATE)

Lead Partner: Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

Description: The CREATE project aims to confirm that the use of concrete technology can make a step change in LCoE in the wave energy sector.

Concrete is a well understood material with a range of applications in the offshore environment and a developed supply chain. Studies into the potential of concrete for WECs have so far focused on a single WEC technology and an industry wide conclusion does not yet exist. This project aims to take a broader approach to identify where structural concrete could have most impact, before developing a suitable design solution in detail.

Other Partners: Cruz Atcheson Consulting Engineers, MPA: The Concrete Centre, MPA: British Precast, SeaPower Ltd., Wello OY
Contract amount: £250,000.00

Project: Advanced Rotational Moulding for Wave Energy Technologies (ARMWET)

Lead Partner: Polygen Ltd

Description: This project targets the application of new technologies which overcome existing challenges with the implementation of the rotational moulding of polymer structures for wave energy converters (WECs).

We focus on advanced engineering methods of spreading point loads throughout polyethylene structures, and on the use of internal bulkheads to allow for controlled ballasting.

These solutions are aimed to propose realistic means of reducing the CAPEX and the long term OPEX of the structure, thereby reducing the overall LCoE.

Other Partners: Wave Venture Ltd., Rototek Ltd
Contract amount: £209,000.00

Project: Advanced Concrete Engineering – WEC (ACE-WEC)

Lead Partner: Quoceant Ltd

Description: Previous detailed design studies have shown that while conventional approaches to marine concrete structure design and manufacture do generally show a reduction in WEC cost compared to other materials, risks remain high and projected costs remain a long way above the potential low floor the material offers.

The ACE–WEC project is designed to yield step reductions in the added manufacturing costs of concrete WEC structures, allowing them to quickly approach the low cost asymptotes offered by concrete as a primary material.

Other Partners: University of Dundee, Black and Veatch, Innosea, David Kerr
Contract amount: £245,231.00

Project: Polyshell

Lead Partner: Technology From Ideas Ltd

Description: This study will assess the potential of using high performance thermoplastic elastomers as the outer shell of wave energy devices; using complex 3D surface features to enhance performance, dissipate loads and dramatically reduce LCOE. Polymer materials have the potential to reduce the LCOE of wave energy in a similar manner to how composite materials revolutionised the aircraft industry by replacing steel structures.

Other Partners: DuPont, Cruz Atcheson, Radius Systems
Contract amount: £244,500.00

Project: NetBuoy

Lead Partner: Tension Technology International Ltd

Description: The project focusses on two key areas on the path towards cost competitive wave energy – impermeable coated fabrics to provide compliant and thus load shedding/peak load resistant buoyant modules and fibre rope ‘load nets’ to encapsulate the buoyant modules, applying distributed restraint loads and agglomerating the distributed load back to a single structural point to connect to the WEC PTO.

Other Partners: Black and Veatch Ltd, Optimus (Aberdeen) Ltd, Quoceant Ltd
Contract amount: £245,300.00

Project: A feasibility study on Elastomeric-based WECs (ELASTO)

Lead Partner: University of Edinburgh

Description: Elastomers are lightweight and have excellent fatigue properties. We will perform a study to understand the performance loads on two devices: one with elastomeric parts and a rigid counterpart device for comparison. We aim to show that the use of elastomers in wave energy, allows improved survivability and reduced cost without compromising performance.

Other Partners: University of Plymouth, Griffon Hoverwork
Contract amount: £244,714.00

Project: Rotational Moulding of Polymers, Composites and Hybrid WEC Structures (RotoHybrid)

Lead Partner: University of Edinburgh

Description: The RotoHybrid project will develop rotational moulding of polymers for the design of novel hybrid wave energy converters. Large floating structures can be efficiently rotomoulded but they need local metal structure and fibre reinforcement for performance and load transfer. Prime mover CAPEX reductions of 50%-60% are targeted in the project, with further OPEX reductions due to lower maintenance and improved corrosion resistance in the ocean.

Other Partners: Queen’s University Belfast, Pelagic Innovation, CETO UK, ÉireComposites, Kingspan Environmental
Contract amount: £250,000.00

Eight awards were made from this call.

The competition awarded technology development contracts for:

  • New concepts which have been through initial feasibility work, with data confirming the scientific, technical and engineering research.
  • Pre-existing devices with significant configuration changes which improve performance.
  • Projects which will satisfy the long term aims and objectives of Wave Energy Scotland and will have potential to produce a scale prototype device.

An information webinar took place at 0930 on the 18 of June where potential applicants were able to clarify any points on the programme stages.

The Power Take Off closed on 22 May 2015.

Contracts were awarded by end of June 2015

Information webinar

The information webinar provided potential applicants with the opportunity to seek clarification on the proposal.

The webinar can be viewed below.

This competition awarded technology development contracts for projects that:

  • Provided a step change in the capital cost and/or efficiency/performance over current technology;
  • Delivered a highly reliable PTO via high quality engineering and technology risk management;
  • Delivered a PTO that can be easily integrated into different wave energy converters (WECs) and WEC device families; and
  • Delivered a PTO which could stimulate a new form of Wave Energy converter being developed.

 

Wave Energy Scotland wishes to appoint a suitably qualified individual, organisation or consortium to act as an independent Third Party Advisor to WES for all NWEC Stage 2 projects.

The role of the TPA is to provide confidence in the outcomes of the NWEC Stage 2 projects by providing an independent appraisal of the physical modelling and numerical modelling and simulation activities undertaken by the Stage 2 projects.  To provide this service the TPA will use their demonstrable knowledge of the regulations, codes, standards and best practice guidelines relevant to the design and testing of wave energy converter technology.

Further details are available on the “Current Contract Notices” tab of WES’s Purchaser Homepage here.

The tender is using a two stage process.  The stage 1 (pre-qualification) deadline is 12:00 on the 13 April 2017.

Wave Energy Scotland wishes to appoint a suitably qualified individual, organisation or consortium to act as an independent Third Party Advisor (TPA) to WES for all Novel Wave Energy Converter Stage 2 projects.

The role of the TPA is to conduct an independent engineering appraisal for WES of the engineering development activities undertaken, considering a preliminary design review (PDR) of the Concept Engineering for a full-scale device, and a critical design review (CDR) of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a small sea-going prototype. The appraisal will provide confidence in the quality of the engineering design activities undertaken and technical readiness to proceed to Stage 3.

Further details are available on the “Current Contract Notices” tab of WES’s Purchaser Homepage here.

The tender is using a two stage process. The stage 1 (prequalification) deadline is 12:00 on the 28 April 2017

In order for Wave Energy Scotland to ensure projects with the most promise are selected for support, independent external experts may be called upon to assist with carrying out assessment of call applications and to complement the WES team during decision making processes.


Each application to the call will require to be evaluated by a panel of individuals with the relevant technical skills and experience, to determine the projects which merit support. WES is therefore seeking a number of individuals to support the evaluation process for the current call only with the requirements detailed below.

The assessors will be required to read and independently evaluate a number of applications, covering both technical and commercial elements, following the guidance provided by WES and HIE. Written and verbal feedback/analysis of applications will be provided to WES/HIE following completion of the evaluation period. Attendance will be required at evaluation meeting(s) in Inverness, where the applications will be discussed.
Individuals appointed to act as assessors must be able to demonstrate relevant and up to date technical knowledge, skills and experience, specifically relating to the topic being covered by the Call.

Further information can be found in this document.