The SELKIE project, aiming to boost the marine energy industry in Wales and Ireland, has extended the deadline for applications for wave and tidal energy developers by April 30, 2020, due to Covid19 situation.
SELKIE earlier launched calls for wave and tidal energy developers to tender their services for two pilot demonstration projects.
University College Cork is leading the project in partnership with Swansea University, Marine Energy Wales, Menter Môn, DP Energy Ireland and Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.
SELKIE will test and validate the technology tools on two pilot demonstration technologies; one wave and one tidal, chosen by open tender.
Selkie project coordinator, Gordon Dalton said: “Selkie project outcomes will ensure that Wales and Ireland remain at the forefront of wave and tidal development in the world, availing of a set of customized tools developed for the Wales and Ireland developers. The project will be engaging and cooperating with the entire range of developers and supply chain which will lead to an engaged and interactive community. Ultimately, Selkie aims to benefit the Welsh and Irish wave and tidal sector in the key areas of pushing down costs, making the new local technologies globally competitive and progressing them along the pathway to commercialization.”
Marine Energy Wales lead, Jess Hooper added: “Wales and Ireland have enormous potential to deliver sustainable marine energy thanks to our natural resources. Establishing a cross-border network of developers and supply chain companies and bringing together expertise from institutions and business in Wales and Ireland to develop these innovative solutions cooperatively will strengthen the marine energy sector even further.”