The competition for Quick Connection Systems for a wave energy converter will target the connection and disconnection of either the:

- Mooring system
- Electrical system
- Mooring and electrical systems combined

The overall objective of the Quick Connection Systems (QCS) programme is to reduce the duration, cost and risk of offshore operations for prototype wave energy converters by supporting projects to design and develop a quick connection and disconnection system between a device and its moorings and/or electrical system.

The projects below were announced by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government on December 5th, 2019.

7 teams originally entered into the programme at Stage 1, which commenced in January 2020.

Apollo developed a combined mechanical and electrical connector, Pull and Lock Marine (PALM). The core innovation is that riser tension is maintained in all sea states.

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Blackfish is developing the C-DART, a combined mooring and electrical quick connector. It will reduce manual intervention offshore and increase operational weather windows.

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Ongoing development of Blackfish's C-CART mechanical and electrical connector, which furthered the design through detailed analysis of its application to wave and tidal test cases.

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The next stage in the development of Nova's MECmate electrical connector, which includes detailed analysis in multiple integration scenarios for wave and tidal applications.

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