WES and NSRI Assist Subsea Companies to Enter Wave and Tidal Sectors

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) have teamed up to assist subsea supply chain companies to break into the wave and tidal energy sectors and engage with the WES research and development programme.

A new section of NSRI’s online Matchmaker database, has been specifically developed to help companies team up to apply for the latest research work commissioned by WES. This particular landscaping study covers two complex areas and it is unlikely that a single company will possess all of the expertise required. NSRI’s Matchmaker provides the opportunity for companies to identify other organisations that may have the expertise they are looking for and also to highlight their own capabilities.

Matchmaker is a free service that aims to facilitate collaboration between organisations already active in the wave and tidal energy, but also provides the opportunity for those in other sectors to highlight capabilities relevant to marine energy. This will help to solve industrial challenges and progress research and development activity.

Currently split into five themes: operations and maintenance; subsea structures; installation; systems; health and safety; and environmental impact, companies can quickly identify how they can support the wave and tidal sectors by selecting their specialisms.

WES’s tender for the landscaping studies on Very Large Scale Wave Energy and Alternative Generation Technologies are open until January 9th. More details available online.

Tim Hurst, Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland said: ”This is a very useful partnership that will create dividends for WES by facilitating collaborations and improving the number of applications for our current landscaping work. In the long run, it should also help subsea companies to join the wave sector and perhaps the main WES programme.”

Gordon Drummond, Project Director of NSRI said: “The wave and tidal sectors are less mature in their contribution to energy production, as a result they are currently more expensive than traditional generating resources. This resource presents a huge opportunity for subsea supply chain companies to adapt their technologies and techniques to support the development of large-scale wave and tidal power farms.”