21 July 2021:
Following the closure of the Marine Energy Tender issued by European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), 3 studies are under implementation and respectively led by Wave for Energy, Dublin Offshore Consultants Ltd and Mindseed Limited.
The three teams are working on feasibility studies in the field of space technology and data to accelerate the roll-out of marine energy. The feasibility studies will eventually establish a roadmap towards demonstration projects that would start in 2022.
The Marine Energy Tender is part of the cooperation between DMEC and ESA Space Solutions and gives an opportunity for space companies and marine energy developers to work together on the commercial and technical development of innovative space-based solutions addressing the marine energy sector.
Benjamin Lehner, Project Portfolio Manager DMEC: “It is great to see how many marine energy technology developers joined in this call. This highlights the value space technology can bring to the sector and we are looking forward to seeing the results from the feasibility studies.”
Davide Coppola, ESA Space Solutions: _“Space technology and data have the potential to contribute to the roll-out of marine energy by reducing technical and business risks throughout planning, installation and commissioning, and operation phases. The studies will unleash this potential and define concrete next steps and timeline for demonstration in pre-operational settings”.
The development of the partnership between ESA and marine energy technology companies is facilitated by the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), in which DMEC is a partner. This led to OPIN partners being involved in the tender application and subsequently awarding the contract.
For marine energy technology developers and space tech companies it is still possible to participate in an 'open tender' for a feasibility study (partially funded). For more information, please contact Benjamin Lehner.