New funding of £7.5m for marine energy technologies

New funding of £7.5m for marine energy technologies: New financing of £7.5 million has been presented to support 8 UK projects to research, develop & test advanced wave energy technologies.

The projects hope to conquer challenges of tools that capture the energy produced by waves and transform it into a renewable electricity source.

The larger deployment of wave energy converters (WECs) is restricted by problems such as their efficiency and their ability to survive in extreme weather conditions.

Some of the projects will take on innovative methods to defeat these challenges, such as taking inspiration from the fins of marine animals to build flexible WECs that will function under extreme conditions.

Additional projects will test the operation of WECs using ocean-based trials & produce the models required to evaluate how they manage with conditions such as storm waves.

They are backed with financing from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) belonging to Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan stated: “Our coastline and the power of the seas around us offers huge potential for clean renewable energy that can help us meet commitments to end our contribution to climate change by 2050.

“There are certainly unique challenges in harnessing the power of the marine environment and it is exciting to see how these projects can help us make the most of our natural resources in a cleaner greener future.”

New funding of £7.5m for marine energy technologies

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