Classroom 10, Alrick Building, King's Buildings
Main Speaker: Jonathan Hodges
Affiliation: Senior Innovation Engineer, Wave Energy Scotland
Title: Wave Energy Scotland - Supporting wave technology developments
Jonathan will give an introduction to Wave Energy Scotland, its objectives, funding calls and other supporting activities.
WES is funding the development of innovative technologies to produce the efficient and reliable components and subsystems which will form the basis of the cost effective generation of wave energy in Scotland.
This approach will enable developers to take the projects from the earliest stage of development through to proving and demonstration.
WES was established as part of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, at the request of the Scottish Government, during December 2014. A successful outcome will produce a technology which has been through a rigorous process to reduce the technical and commercial risk attached to developing it further.
This is essential for developers to attract private sector investment which will be vital to produce wave energy on a commercially viable scale.
WES is fully funded by the Scottish Government and has a budget of £10m until the end of the financial year in 2017. The budget for the following years is expected to be similar but is subject to parliamentary scrutiny and approval.
Despite being in operation for only two years WES has awarded £11.8m to 39 projects so far. Further awards under the Materials Call will be announced in January 2017.
The current programme involves 80 separate organisations in 5 different countries.
Jonathan Hodges bio
As Wave Energy Scotland's Senior Innovation Engineer, Jonathan is responsible for the development of new WES funding calls and strategic projects. As part of a WES team based at King's Buildings, he was previously Research and Business Development Manager for WES and the Energy Technology Partnership, building marine energy engagement opportunities between academia and industry. He is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience in the aerospace and marine energy industries.