BELFAST, UK: U.K. government-backed company the Carbon Trust has awarded Belfast-based company Pure Marine Gen over GBP 153,000 (US$219,368) to accelerate development of its wave energy converter.
‘The company’s DUO WEC converter concept aims to improve the efficiency with which energy is captured from the sea by harnessing power from the vertical and horizontal motion of waves. The funding will be used to conduct mathematical modeling, carry out a series of tank tests and produce design drawings for a prototype. In the long term, Pure Marine Gen plans to develop devices with a capacity of over 2 MW each. When deployed in large arrays, these could have a generating capacity of over 500 MW.The Carbon Trust is looking for other technologies with significant carbon saving potential to receive up to GBP 500,000 (US$716,948) of grant funding through its Applied Research scheme. Three open calls are held each year, with the current deadline April 16.