Marine website plays cupid
Wave Energy Scotland launches online matchmaker facility
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) have launched a website to help subsea supply companies to work together in bidding for marine energy contracts.
The online resource is a new section of NSRI’s Matchmaker database designed to help companies find other organisations with the expertise they are looking for to bid on projects.
WES said the free service is being offered in recognition of its landscaping research project currently being commissioned, which is likely to require more than one supplier as it covers two areas: wave energy and alternative generation technologies.
WES director Tim Hurst said: “It will facilitate collaborations and improve the number of applications for our current landscaping work.
“In the long run, it should also help subsea companies to join the wave sector and possibly even the main WES programme.”
NSRI project director Gordon Drummond added: “The wave and tidal sectors are less mature in their contribution to energy production, as a result they are currently more expensive than traditional generating resources.
“This resource presents a huge opportunity for subsea supply chain companies to adapt their technologies and techniques to support the development of large-scale wave and tidal power farms.”
The service is currently split into five themes: operations and maintenance; subsea structures; installation; systems; health and safety; and environmental impact.
The database can be accessed here.