The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has opened up the possibility for wind, wave and tidal testing at its four offshore test facilities.
Through the MaRINET2 scheme, which aims to give access to renewables developers, projects can focus on testing marine energy, components or subsystems for a short to medium term.
Open for applications next week, the initiative also encourages supply chain companies and research organisations to apply for access to its facilities.
EMEC’s facilities include four offshore sites and testing equipment.
Matthew Finn, senior business development manager at EMEC, said: “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. The companies that tested at EMEC through the first MaRINET project found that the learning generated from deploying in the sea has been invaluable to the development of their technologies.
“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.”
Applications open on the 15 January 2018 and should be submitted by the 28 February 2018.