EMEC is a partner in the MaRINET2 initiative and is encouraging wind, wave and tidal energy developers, supply chain companies and research organisations to apply for access to the centre’s test facilities. Projects can be focused on testing marine energy devices, components or subsystems for short to medium term durations.
Through MaRINET2, successful applications will receive free access to EMEC’s world-leading testing infrastructure which includes four offshore sites and a range of associated testing equipment. A contribution towards travel and subsistence costs for users of the initiative is also available.
The call is targeted at companies developing systems and components for the offshore energy sector, including wind, wave and tidal energy technologies.
“MaRINET provides emerging technology developers with an excellent route to testing their machines at EMEC and working with the Orkney supply chain who have unprecedented experience of marine energy deployments” said Matthew Finn, Senior Business Development Manager at EMEC.
MaRINET2 follows on from the first highly successful MaRINET project where over 700 weeks of access was made available to 178 projects and 800 companies over the 4.5 year initiative.
Alejandro Marques de Magallanes, Managing Director of Magallanes Renovables, added that installation of the company’s 1:10 scale ‘ATIR’ prototype at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound scale test site allowed it to demonstrate the integrity and viability of the concept and its subsystems in a real sea environment. This provided Magallanes Renovables with a better understanding of the operations and maintenance requirements for the system. MaRINET also aided the company’s success with the 2 MW Horizon 2020 marine energy device. Data from those initial trials is now being fed into the design being developed as part of the H2020 Ocean_2G project. The second generation ATIR is due to be installed at EMEC’s grid-connected test site following controlled tests in Vigo, Spain.