Wave energy advisers needed

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Leading development body Wave Energy Scotland is seeking to appoint new members to its advisory group.

The advisory group plays a key role in supporting WES in achieving its objectives, along with wider Scottish efforts to develop the wave energy sector. Three new advisers are required.

As well as the opportunity to join an exciting developmental journey, group members have the ability to influence the strategic direction of this emerging sector.

WES is a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and fully funded by the Scottish Government.

To continue WES’ forward-looking commercial focus, expressions of interest are sought from representatives from industry - including utilities - academia, and the investment and insurance sectors.

Applications are invited from individuals who have a strong track record in providing strategic advice on project delivery, experience of securing long term project finance for technology development activities, and an understanding of what makes projects investable and insurable.

Links with academia are important for WES and interest is also sought from those with significant relevant experience, specifically in relation to marine renewable technology development.

WES’ first funding call - for wave device Power Take-Off systems - in May 2015, sparked global interest and resulted in just over £6 million being awarded to 17 projects, led by developers and consortia from countries including the UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.

Eight Novel Wave Energy Converter projects received funding from the second call in 2015.

More recently WES announced that a further ten projects have been awarded a total of £3 million for Structural Materials and Manufacturing Process proposals.

This recent funding announcement from WES brings the total investment by the organisation in wave energy technology development to £15 million across 51 projects, all in less than two years.

WES expects to announce its fourth innovation call, for controls systems, in the spring.

Advisory Group chairman Steve Thomson said: “Joining the group offers people a superb opportunity to contribute their expertise and get involved in an innovative and emerging industry that will help to keep Scotland leading this new sector.”

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

T: 01856888710