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The UK is surrounded by the largest source of wave and tidal power in Europe, with production potential of 840 TWh of electricity each year. To put this into perspective, this is double the UK’s annual electricity demand of 350 TWh/year*. Just harnessing a proportion of this energy could make a significant contribution to the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.

Waves2Watts is an innovative start-up company looking to harness this potential and work towards a low carbon future for the UK. The company is developing a conversion device which works efficiently to translate wave energy into power.

The Waves2Watts Energy Converter is being further developed with help from Lancaster University and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. The company has begun a three-year research project to develop the technology to market readiness scale with help from graduate researcher Simeon Doyle and Professor George Aggidis. Simeon is working on optimising the product design, geometrical shape and performance of the technology to give maximum efficiencies and output.

‘This project presents a great opportunity for us to really push this technology forward and get our products into the market place. The ability to access university resources, expertise and facilities is proving invaluable to the development of our product’. Adam Kyffin, Director of Waves2Watts Limited.

This research is being delivered through the Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington project, a £4.8m research and innovation programme for SMEs in Cheshire and Warrington to deliver innovation for a better environment. On offer is business led research projects, academic resource and access to university facilities and expertise.

Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is a partnership between the University of Chester and Lancaster University.

If you’re an SME looking for support to a develop low carbon product or service please get in touch with Stephen at the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation on 01524 510745 or email.