The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Enel Green Power SpA
(EGP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim to
encourage knowledge sharing in marine energy technology development and
performance assessment and to drive forward collaboration in marine
energy demonstration projects.
According to a press release, the two parties shared the goals and scope of their cooperation during a workshop on September 2 at the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Naples, Italy, of which EGP is a main sponsor.
The partnership will address a gap in independent marine energy testing against international standards, the development of which would increase credibility and trust in the sector. Working in collaboration and sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, EMEC and EGP will provide public and private investors increased confidence in the industry and encourage future investment and growth in marine renewable energy, the release says.
Based in Orkney, Scotland, EMEC supports the testing, demonstration and assessment of wave and tidal energy technologies by providing test sites suitable for early stage sea deployments through to full-scale grid-connected trials. EMEC supports technology development from concept to commercialization, including consenting compliance, environmental monitoring, technical verification and independent performance assessment.
EGP is the global renewable business line of the Enel Group, Europe’s largest utility in terms of market capitalization. EGP is promoting innovation in green energy, including exploring applications for wave and marine energy technologies.