Space Technology To Guide The Launch Of European Marine Energy

Three teams have started to work on feasibility studies in the domain of space technology and data to advance the roll-out of marine energy following the tender from European Space Agency (ESA) issued in association with Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC).

Space Technology To Guide The Launch Of European Marine Energy
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The three studies are guided by the companies, Dublin Offshore ConsultantsMindseed and Wave For Energy, and are currently under execution. The first two companies are based on Ireland, while Wave For Energy is an Italian wave energy developer.

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Eventually, the feasibility studies will set up a blueprint for demonstration projects that would start in 2022, according to DMEC.

The marine energy tender, which is a part of the cooperation between DMEC and ESA Space Solutions, lets space companies and marine energy developers work in alliance on the technical and commercial development of innovative space-based solutions addressing the marine energy sector.

Benjamin Lehner, project portfolio manager at DMEC, mentioned that it was great to see how many marine energy technology developers joined in the call. This highlighted the value space technology can bring to the sector and they are looking forward to seeing the outcomes from the feasibility studies.

“Space technology and data have the potential to contribute to the roll-out of marine energy by reducing technical and business risks throughout the planning, installation, and commissioning, and operation phases. The studies will unleash this potential and define concrete next steps and the timeline for demonstration in pre-operational settings”, Davide Coppola, from ESA Space Solutions, noted.

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The booming of the coalition between ESA and marine energy technology companies is furthered by the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN). This directed to OPIN partners being involved in the tender application and subsequently awarding the contract.

DMEC reported that it is still possible for space technology companies and marine energy technology developers to participate in an ‘open tender’ for a partially-funded feasibility study, the interested parties to contact Benjamin Lehner for more information.

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