WES wishes to engage with up to 8 suitably qualified and experienced individuals as external assessors to provide technical expertise during the assessment of applications to the Quick Connection Systems R&D Services call.
Further details here: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=AUG362941

Closed Calls

Wave Energy Scotland has just launched a funding Call for Quick Connection systems. The new programme will support projects for the design and development of a remotely operated, rapid connection/disconnection system for wave energy converters, with the aim of reducing the duration, cost and risk of offshore operations. Such a system will be an integral element of the mooring system, the electrical system, or both. In this case, the electrical system is expected to include the provision for wired communications within the electrical cable.

Development of this system must consider the unique challenges of wave energy, including operations in energetic, epipelagic environments, and balancing the impacts of the connector on the system dynamics and energy yield. The time on site and vessel requirements must also be considered. The expected end users of the technology developed through this programme are likely to be prototype developers and test centres, rather than developers of commercial scale arrays.

Elements to be considered in the development of this technology include the process of connection/disconnection, integration, reliability of the connection, fail-safe mode(s), weather windows for marine operations, and time to undertake the operation.

Successful applicants to the call will undertake a feasibility study on their proposed technical solution in Stage 1, followed by the design and analysis of this technical solution in Stage 2 and to build & test in Stage 3.

Contracts for Stage 1 projects will be up to £70,000 + VAT.

Further information and application process here: http://tiny.cc/QuickConnect

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 stage gate applications and to complement the WES team during the decision-making processes.

Each application to the stage gate 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 control systems stage gate.

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 Highlands and Islands Enterprise(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. 

Indicative dates for these meetings are 15-17th April 2019.

Those appointed must be able to demonstrate relevant and up to date technical knowledge, skills and experience, specifically relating to control systems.

Further information can be found via Public Contracts Scotland

WES is preparing the stage gate process for NWEC stage 2 projects to compete to progress to stage 3.  Stage 2 of the NWEC programme will be completed by mid-September 2018.  The process will be similar to stage gates previously run by WES, where projects are assessed on the basis of responses to an application form covering results from stage 2 and plans for stage 3. 

Each application within the stage gate will require to be evaluated by a panel of individuals with the relevant technical skills and experience, to determine the projects which merit support. To ensure adequate technical expertise is available during the assessment of applications, WES is seeking to engage suitably qualified and experienced individuals who can provide independent, impartial expert advice and will read and independently evaluate a number of applications, covering both technical and commercial elements. 

Further information is available on PCS here.

WES requires up to 3 suitably qualified and experienced individuals to provide technical expertise during the assessment of applications to the stage 2 of the Structural Materials and Manufacturing Processes (SMMP) Programme. The purpose of the SMMP Programme is to investigate whether it is possible to make a step change impact in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) by constructing typical wave energy converter devices from alternative materials. See Scope of Requirements for full details.

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.

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.

 

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 International Energy Agency’s 2012 Energy Technology Perspectives forecasts up to 337GW of marine energy capacity could be deployed across the world, with about 70% from wave energy, by 2050. The UK has created and retains world leading expertise in academia where we continue to progress research into wave and tidal energy. 

Industry and researchers are making strong progress towards reliable, cost-effective wave energy technologies, however to become a viable part of the long-term energy mix, wave energy must continue to strive for Levelised Cost of Energy reductions beyond those which are achievable through application of traditional technologies and architectures. Alternative technologies have the potential to contribute significantly to this objective. 

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has identified a range of potential alternative technologies for the conversation of wave energy to utility-scale electricity. This project, which will be supported by WES, will add scientific rigor by adding structure, depth and analysis to create a structured technology development roadmap for the most attractive of these technologies. 

Further information here:  

Closed Activities

£160k ex VAT is available for 2 further short projects that will help shape our future research and development programmes. These remaining two contracts will involve ‘horizon scanning’ to understand opportunities in very large scale wave energy converters and alternative generation techniques.

 

The scope of requirements and other information is now available from PCS.

WES is preparing the Stage Gate process for PTO stage 2 projects to compete to progress to stage 3.  It is anticipated that applications for the stage gate will will open in mid-October 2017 with completed applications being returned in December 2017.  The process will be similar to stage gates previously run by WES, where projects are assessed on the basis of responses to an application form covering results from stage 2 and plans for stage 3. 

Each application within the stage gate will require to be evaluated by a panel of individuals with the relevant technical skills and experience, to determine the projects which merit support. To ensure adequate technical expertise is available during the assessment of applications, WES wishes to engage with suitably qualified and experienced individuals who can provide independent, impartial expert advice and will read and independently evaluate a number of applications, covering both technical and commercial elements.  A visit to contractors would also be undertaken to ensure familiarity with the technology, team and project aims.  It is anticipated these visits will take place week commencing 25th September 2017.

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 call documentation on PCS

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.

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

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.