£12m to help quicken pace of innovation in wave and tidal technologies

10 Feb 2010

Innovative businesses are being invited by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board to compete for up to £12m of investment during 2010 to help develop the wave and tidal technologies of the future. Two new collaborative R&D competitions from the board are designed to support innovation that will lead to the cost effective exploitation of UK and global wave and tidal stream resources.

The first £9m call includes an investment of up to £2m from the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA), which is also developing the Wave Hub project off the coast of Cornwall. The competition opens in March and focuses on driving down the cost of energy and improving the reliability of wave and tidal stream energy devices.

It is designed to complement a second £3m call due to open in September that focuses on supporting the deployment of pre-commercial full scale devices installed and operating in the sea. The call will focus on monitoring the performance of devices and ensuring that they are reliable and can be installed and maintained effectively.

This is specifically aimed at businesses that are already working towards full scale deployment of their technology.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said:

"Wave and tidal stream technologies are at an early stage of development and it is expected that they will be a significant part of the renewable energy mix needed in the UK by 2050 if we are to meet our targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

"To fully realise the marine energy potential in the UK, there are a number of technological challenges that must still be tackled, ranging from proving which technological solutions will most successfully harness marine energy, to reducing the cost of the energy produced to make the technology competitive with other renewable energy solutions."

Both competitions are complementary to the Carbon Trust's Marine Renewable Proving Fund. Together, these activities aim to advance wave and tidal stream technologies along the innovation chain in a concerted effort to grow business opportunities and achieve the Government's Renewable Energy targets. Ends

Companies and other organisations seeking further information about these and other funding competitions should visit the Competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website - www.innovateuk.org - email competitions@tsb.gov.uk or phone the Competitions Helpline at 0300 321 4357

Media contact: Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager, Technology Strategy Board.
Tel: 01793 442901 Mob: 07554 115745 Email: claire.cunningham@tsb.gov.uk

For full press release including notes to editors please follow this link

Wave and tidal stream energy technologies: reducing costs and improving performance - competition for collaborative R&D funding March 2010

Wave and tidal stream energy technologies: underpinning deployment - competitions for collaborative R&D funding September 2010

 

Last updated on Friday 30 July 2010 at 12:39

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