EuropeWave is an innovative R&D programme for wave energy technology. It will combine almost €20 million of national, regional and EU funding to drive a competitive Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) programme for wave energy.
Originally pioneered by Wave Energy Scotland, this PCP model provides a structured approach, fostering greater openness, collaboration and sharing of risk between the public sector and technology developers. The programme will focus on the design, development, and demonstration of cost-effective wave energy converter (WEC) systems for electrical power production that can survive in the harsh and unpredictable ocean environment.
This PCP procurement is part of a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 883751 — EuropeWave, www.europewave.eu.
Advance the design of 3 WECs technologies validated by open-sea trials of scaled whole-system prototypes and provide readiness to proceed to first of a kind commercial-scale design and testing.
The EuropeWave Challenges:
The overarching challenge:
The design, development, and demonstration of cost-effective wave energy converter systems for electrical power production that can survive in the harsh and unpredictable ocean environment.
The EuropeWave PCP challenge:
To advance promising wave energy converter systems to a point from which they can be developed to commercial exploitation through other national/regional programmes and/or private sector investment.
Performance: Obtain quantitative evidence of power capture and conversion capability and increase confidence in yield predictions from simulations.
Survivability: Demonstrate effective survival strategies.
Availability: Demonstrate levels of availability through reliable prototype operation.
Affordability: Increase confidence in estimations of technology costs (capital & operational) and determine the requirements to achieve a competitive LCOE.
An innovative stage-gate model
This industrial development process creates a ‘funnel’ via a multi-stage funding programme:
Full text of the competitive call for tenders is available here.
To complement the opening of the EuropeWave Request for Tenders, an online information session will be held on 13 July.
A business to business matchmaking facility to encourage and facilitate networking between potential consortium partners is available until 20 July 2021. Interested parties may register at https://europewave.b2match.io/.
If your are a WEAMEC’s member or you would like to collaborate with WEAMEC’s members on this topic, contact us @ WEAMEC !
Dates clefs de l'appel à projet
- 2 July 2021 - Opening date
- 1 October 2021 - Deadline date