Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is counting down to closing its third call. Apply now!

WES is funding the development of innovative technologies to produce low cost, efficient and reliable components and subsystems which will form the basis of the cost effective generation of wave energy in Scotland.

The current programme involves 80 separate organisations in 5 diffferent countries.  

The programme will enable developers to take 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.

External experts sought

WES recently launched their third Call, for Research and Development into ‘Structural Materials and Manufacturing Processes’, on the 18th of July 2016, details of which can be located on PCS. Each application to the call will require to be evaluated by a panel of individuals with the relevant technical skills and experience, to determine the projects which merit support.

WES is therefore seeking a number of individuals to support the evaluation process for the current call only with the requirements being divided in to 4 specific specialisms (as follows), each being advertised as separate contracts notices through PCS/OJEU: Structural Engineers, Materials Scientists, Materials Manufacturing Specialists and Wave Energy Specialists. This tender relates to the Materials Scientists further details can be located in the attached documentation.

The tender will follow an open process and the deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 16th August 2016. It is currently anticipated that the contract will be awarded in October 2016.

Further details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland:


Who we are

WES is a new initiative, fully funded by the Scottish Government to accelerate the development of wave energy technology. The Advisory Group provides expert guidance for the annual work programme. Membership of the group includes those with experience in energy sector and also individuals with a background in investment and insurance.

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What are Wave Energy Scotland’s objectives?
What will the Wave Energy Scotland Advisory Group do?
What makes you think Wave Energy Scotland will work?
What is the process for deciding who is successful with their application to Wave Energy Scotland?
Why should Scotland continue to support and invest in the wave sector when other, proven forms of energy are available?
What is the budget for Wave Energy Scotland?
How will developers in Scotland engage with Wave Energy Scotland?
What approach will be taken to overcome the technical problems of wave energy?
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