The five winners of the Pilot Accelerator Programme, announced by Ocean Energy Scale-Up Alliance (OESA), will receive funding to accelerate offshore deployments in the North Sea Region
The successful applicants include Tocardo Solutions BV, Seabased AB, NEMOS GmbH, SeaTwirl AB and Floating Power Plant A/S. Each company will be provided with free engineering services and funding to accelerate offshore deployments in the North Sea Region from the EU Interreg North Sea Region fund.
Tocardo, a Dutch company, has a pool of experience in creating standard solutions, based on a long history in offshore engineering and renewable energy sectors. Their plans going forward include further development of their turbine technology, as well as an array structure that allows for the deployment of five turbines simultaneously, called the Universal Foundation System.
The Scandinavian technology company, Seabased AB plans, builds and installs grid-connected wave parks. They intend to use the scale-up service offer for system optimisation dry testing and accelerating certification planning.
The German-based technology company plans on using OESA to scale up the wave energy converter and to test it in relevant sea conditions in Denmark.
SeaTwirl aims to change the view of how offshore wind turbines will be built in the future. A unique feature of the SeaTwirl’s design is how the buoyant force of the ocean support the weight of the turbine. It is currently in the process of developing the 1 MW rated capacity SeaTwirl S2, which is scheduled for competition by 2020.
Floating Power Plant A/S is the producer of the world’s first successful offshore-tested combined wind and wave device. Between 2008 and 2013 Floating Power Plant successfully completed four grid connected tests on a half-scale prototype at Vindeby offshore wind turbine park, Denmark. It is now working towards deploying multiple plots with the initial focus on the North Sea region.