Challenges and Opportunities in Wave and Tidal Energy Sectors Revealed - 10/10/2017

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has identified potential enablers which will assist subsea supply chain companies to break into the growing wave and tidal energy sectors, and associated technological barriers to their progress. The findings, part of NSRI’s online Matchmaker database, reveal how UK firms can link up with technology researchers and developers to adapt their offerings and take advantage of the immediate diversification opportunities in marine renewables.

Matchmaker aims to connect organisations already active in the wave and tidal energy space to collaborate, solve industrial challenges and progress research and development activity.

Split into five themes: operations and maintenance; subsea structures; installation; systems; health and safety; and environmental impact, companies can quickly identify how they can support the wave and tidal sectors by selecting their specialisms.

Technical Challenges

Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI commented they have mapped out the technical challenges with support from industry experts to pinpoint areas where their capabilities can add significant value. The marine renewables industry has struggled to make its mark and this is partly down to the engineering challenges of operating at sea, including the mechanical stresses of the ocean and the corrosive effects of salt water. The UK subsea industry has successfully overcome them. By harnessing this experience in offshore oil and gas engineering, the skills and expertise are available to lead the way in the tidal and wave sectors.

Matchmaker aims to highlight exactly how subsea companies can play their part, diversify their offering and make the connections required to break into the wave and tidal market.

NSRI will host a joint industry event in Aberdeen early next year, giving stakeholders across the sector the opportunity to discuss the challenges and possible solutions, matching industry needs with academic capabilities and supply chain offerings.

Companies and centres of excellence in the supply chain are invited to submit information on their services and current technology development activities under the relevant Matchmaker themes via the NSRI website. The aim is to partner end users with technology researchers and developers in order to advance technology development in the subsea industry.


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