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This programme covers research and development services for structural materials and manufacturing processes, specifically focused on the construction of the WEC structure and prime mover.

The challenge is to fully investigate the attractiveness of promising alternative materials and associated manufacturing processes for application to the structure and prime mover of WECs.

Projects in this programme started at Stage 1 in 2017.

The CREATE project aims to confirm that the use of concrete technology can make a step change in LCoE in the wave energy sector, taking a broad approach to identify where structural concrete could have most impact, before developing a suitable design solution in detail.

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The RotoHybrid project will develop the materials and processing technology necessary to enable the versatile, lightweight polymer manufacturing process of rotational moulding to be employed in the design of novel wave energy converters.

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This targeted project will assess the potential application of new and existing rotational moulding technologies including hybrid rotationally moulded structures with concrete ballast material and innovative new design concepts for accepting point loads and preventing buckling.

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Structural materials stage 1 project summary report for the University of Edinburgh Elastomeric based WECs (ELASTO) project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.

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Structural materials stage 1 project summary report for the CorPower Ocean HydroComp project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.

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Structural materials stage 1 project summary report for the Cruz Atcheson Consulting Reinforced Polymers for Wave Energy (RePOWER) project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.

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Structural materials stage 1 project summary report for the Tension Technology International NetBuoy project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.

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