EPSRC Call Announcement: Marine Wave Energy

EPSRC Call Announcement: Marine Wave Energy

  • Issue date: 2 June 2020
  • Opening date: 2 June 2020
  • Intent to Submit form deadline: 14 July 2020
  • Closing date: 23 September 2020, 16:00

Full call details can be found on the EPSRC website

Approximately £4.5 Million (80% FEC) is available to support 4-5 grant proposals, each up to £1 Million. Proposals should be for 36 months’ duration.

Proposals should fall mainly under the EPSRC remit but may include integrated social and environmental aspects surrounding the use of Wave Energy Converters.

There is currently considerable experience in the Marine Wave Energy sector from the deployment of various Wave Energy Converter (WEC) prototypes, but there are still significant obstacles around technology and affordability.

The Wave Energy Roadmap commissioned through the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub concludes that targeted research and innovation will play an important role in the Wave Energy journey to commercialisation. As a result, EPSRC is looking to fund proposals, particularly in the key areas highlighted by the roadmap:

  • Novel designs for niche applications
  • Survivability and reliability of devices in the marine environment
  • Power Take Off and control systems
  • Modelling, forecasting and evaluation of wave energy resource
  • New materials for Wave Energy Converters

The full Wave Energy Roadmap and Position Paper can be found on the Supergen ORE Hub website outputs page, under the 2020 reports section.

This call will take a portfolio approach to ensure a variety of the above areas are funded. Projects will be expected to network over the lifetime of the grants.

For more information on the Marine Wave research area, see the EPSRC website. Proposals relating to Tidal Energy are excluded from this call.
 

Full call details can be found on the EPSRC website