Monday 11 March 2013

Free tanks tests and sea trials

Marinet is an excellent resource for marine renewables developers. This EU funded project provides free access to 45 experimental facilities across Europe, as well as expert advice from the staff based at these facilities. The experimental facilities can model waves, tidal currents, wind, and even combinations of these. Additionally, there are facilities to model power take off, including two operational shoreline wave energy converters for full scale turbine testing. There are two offshore sites for sea trials of wave energy converters. There are options for testing moorings, corrosion, and materials.

In order to be eligible for funding, the lead and most of the team members must be from the EU (or a country associated with the Framework 7 program), the team must test in a different country from their own, and the team must be willing to publish results in some form (arrangements can be made to protect IP and commercial sensitivities).

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this resource, please tell them about the MARINET website. The deadline for the 3rd call is the 27th March.

MARINET also offer free training courses that are available to both industry and academia.

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