January 9 (Renewables Now) - As from January 15, offshore wind, wave and tidal energy developers will be able to apply for access to the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) testing infrastructure as part of the second call of the EU-backed MaRINET2 initiative.
In preparation for the launch of the application process, EMEC invited on Monday developers to take part in the process. Applications will be accepted by February 28, 2018.
The call will give successful applications access to a network of testing and research facilities, including EMEC’s four offshore sites and a range of associated testing equipment. Eligible projects include those focused on testing marine energy devices, components or subsystems for short to medium term durations.
“As well as device developers, we would also like to encourage companies from across the European supply chain to consider whether running a test and demonstration project in the sea at EMEC could add value to their products,” said Matthew Finn, Senior Business Development Manager at EMEC.
As part of the first MaRINET project, more than 700 weeks of access was given to 178 projects and 800 companies over the 4.5-year initiative.