Catapult offers marine assessment
Process launched to map out development of wave and tidal technologies
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched a technology assessment process (TAP) for new and developing wave and tidal energy technologies.
ORE said the process allows developers to benchmark the technologies and map out and follow a more structured technology development journey.
“This will result in a less expensive, faster and more certain development pathway,” ORE added.
ORE will partner with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney on the process.
It said the methodology is designed to assess the development position of technologies and identify key areas of uncertainty.
“The tool is then used to track progress, and build evidence of performance through a ‘Technology Passport’ as technological ideas are validated, with greater emphasis on testing and de-risking activities, and so move from one stage of development to the next,” ORE said.
“Capital investment can be matched to strong, feasible technical ideas and developers will also be able to offer grant awarding bodies visibility of TAP assessment reports to assist in evaluating competing ideas seeking funding,” it added.
ORE Catapult wave and tidal sector specialist Simon Cheeseman said: “Only those technologies and innovations which best contribute to reducing costs will ultimately survive in the market, and the UK must be at the forefront of introducing a new, more disciplined approach to marine renewables sector technology development – this is the ‘end-to-end’ technology development regime that TAP provides.”