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Collaboration between Portugal and the Netherlands towards development of basic sea testing facilities

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
11th October 2017

A Letter of Intent will be signed on the 11th of October between WavEC Offshore Renewables, Sines Tecnopolo, APS (Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority) and Teamwork Technology, supported by DMEC - Dutch Marine Energy Centre.

On the occasion of the State Visit to Portugal by the King of the Netherlands these entities will gather on the 11th of October in Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, to formally set up a Sea Testing Facility. The harbour of Sines has been indicated as a preferred location for such facility because the testing of sea technologies requires preferably deep water, good infrastructure support, proximity to a harbour and appropriate wave and wind resources.

The facility will suit the purpose of technology development and in-situ testing of technologies but will also have educational and dissemination purposes. The place will be open to trainees that will receive hand-on experience in developing, building and operating the devices, building professional human capacity for this new industry.

This Centre is aligned with the report “Energia no Mar – Roteiro para uma Estratégia Industrial das Energias Renováveis Oceânicas”, approved by the Portuguese Government at the end of 2016 as a strategic vision for this sector in Portugal.

Portugal is in a phase of strong political drive and entrepreneurial interest to transfer recent progress in the areas of marine renewable energy, offshore aquaculture and adjacent sectors to economic activities in the ocean.

The Netherlands has developed substantial water management know-how that led to a significant offshore industry in the field of oil & gas and dredging worldwide. Nowadays this industry got also involved in marine renewable energy.

In 2004 the Dutch company Teamwork Technology explored the north of the Portuguese Coast in Aguçadoura with its wave energy device AWS (Archimedes Wave Swing). This Aguçadoura infrastructure is nowadays the basis of the test facility available for grid-connected offshore wind and wave energy sea trials.

To develop the Marine Renewable Energy opportunities, there is a need for a cooperation between both countries to combine the know-how of the Dutch offshore industry and the Portuguese supply chain and home market.

WavEC, as a partner of this Consortium, is looking forward for the cooperation between these entities that will lead to the development of this new sector.

About WavEC
WavEC Offshore Renewables is a consultant company with a deep R&D background founded in 2003, dedicated to promote the development of MRE as a new industry supported by knowledge and innovation. WavEC has now more than 20 very qualified personnel in a wide range of fields relevant to MRE: monitoring & instrumentation, marine environment, site selection & resource assessment, aero & hydrodynamic modelling, economic models and licensing & public outreach.

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Address: Rua Dom Jerónimo Osório, nr 11, 1º andar, 1400 – 119, Lisboa, Portugal
Tel.: +351 21 848 2655
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