A collaboration between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is giving wave and tidal energy technology developers an opportunity to test their components for free.
The initiative is intended "as a means for the industry to gain a better understanding of issues around component reliability to improve the performance and ultimately reduce the cost of marine energy," the Scotland-based EMEC said, with a particular emphasis on developers, component manufacturers and other supply chain companies.
All mechanical and electronic components used in an operation marine energy converter are eligible take part in the program, but interested parties must complete an online survey available here by Friday, April 24, 2015, for consideration.
The partnership stems from an initiative launched in February that also includes the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (ARFC).
"The U.K.'s wave and tidal industry is strategically important to the U.K. economy and could be worth around US$112.8 billion cumulatively by 2050," EMEC said. "However, in the highly energetic marine environment, component failure contributes to high industry costs, which must be reduced if the industry is to move toward commercialization and compete effectively with other sources of energy supply."
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