DMEC joins forces with The European Space Agency (ESA) to accelerate marine energy solutions. The partnership will explore the added value of space tech and data in the commercial and technical development of marine energy services and solutions. Space tech and data can play a key role in the acceleration of marine energy solutions and growth for the sector. Marine energy challenges provide space tech companies with insights to further build on ocean related business applications.

The partnership will explore the opportunities of space tech and data in the development of marine energy solutions, in the fields of logistics, operations & maintenance (O&M) activities, remote (environmental) monitoring and business case development including resource assessment, site selection and revenue forecasting.

The first step in the partnership will be the launch in September 2020 of the Marine Energy Tender for feasibility studies to assess the technical and economic viability of using space technology and data in support of marine energy. The tender will give an unprecedented opportunity for downstream space companies and marine energy developers to work together to address marine energy challenges and support technical and business innovation for the marine energy sector powered by space. The tender will address key operational challenges across planning, logistics, efficiency and safety of operations. The studies will eventually establish a roadmap towards pilot projects that would start in 2021.

As a kick off for the Marine Energy Initiative, the “Marine Energy meets Space” virtual workshop is being organised by DMEC and ESA and will take place on 8 September 2020. The workshop is the first opportunity for marine energy and space companies to explore cross-sectoral cooperation opportunities within the tender. On 15 September, a webinar for the Marine Energy ITT is organised by DMEC and ESA, which has the purpose of informing participants of how to apply. To register click here.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Lehner.

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