EPSRC Pre-call Announcement: Marine Wave Energy

EPSRC pre-call announcement: Marine Wave Energy

  • Call opens for Intent to Submit stage: 2 June 2020
  • Intent to Submit stage closes: 14 July 2020 16.00 Hours

More details to follow on the EPSRC website.

 

Please note: This is a pre-call announcement. Intent to Submit forms can be submitted from Tuesday 2 June 2020. 

EPSRC will soon be welcoming Intent to Submit forms through Smart Survey for proposals in Marine Wave Energy.

Approximately £4.5 Million (80% FEC) is available to support 4-5 standard grant proposals of up to £1 Million. Proposals should fall mainly under the EPSRC remit but may include integrated social and environmental aspects surrounding the use of Wave Energy Converters.

The UK has a long-standing track record of learning and expertise in Marine Wave Energy and is still considered to be a leader in this area. EPSRC recognises the need for fundamental research in Wave Energy to ensure that this continues to be the case.

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

In August 2019, EPSRC ran a scoping workshop with stakeholders from industry and academia to determine how best to maintain the health of Marine Wave Energy research in the UK. As a result, a roadmap in Marine Wave Energy was commissioned through the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub. The roadmap will also be made available alongside the live call.

This document concluded that targeted research and innovation would 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, including:

  • 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

For more information on the Marine Wave research area, see the EPSRC website

EPSRC are not looking to fund projects which focus specifically on tidal energy

More details about the call are available on the EPSRC website