£2.5m awarded

Ecosse Subsea Systems ready for take-off

Michael CowieEcosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has been awarded £2.5 million by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) to develop cost-saving technology for the industry.

Work will take place over the next two years in a collaborative project with Bathwick Electrical Design, Supply Design and Pure Marine, alongside additional sub-contract support from the University of Edinburgh and Applied Renewables Research.

The award is part of WES’s Power Take-Off programme, aimed at producing reliable technology which will result in cost-effective wave energy generation.

WES, a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and funded by the Scottish Government, has so far awarded £25.4m to 61 projects and worked with more than 170 organisations in the quest to overcome technical challenges facing the wave energy sector.

ESS will project manage the development and testing of its power electronic controlled magnet gear system from its Banchory headquarters. 

Michael Cowie (pictured), ESS technical director, said: “The WES funding means we can take this emerging technology on to the trials and testing stages in real-sea conditions and if all goes well, onwards to full commercialisation and market entry.”

Tim Hurst, managing director of WES said: “This technology has the potential to deliver a high efficiency, high reliability PTO with unique survivability characteristics that can be applied to a wide variety wave device designs.”

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