Final call for PORTOS MRE device testing

Interreg Atlantic Area offers users free-of-charge access to the research and testing facilities of the PORTOS project.

1st call for PORTOS testing new technologies for renewable energy conversion within ports ends 24 April.

This call is open to offshore energy technology developers, including offshore wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level.

PORTOS aims to assess, develop and promote the integrated use of renewable energy resources in Atlantic Area ports and increase their energy efficiency, establishing a roadmap to a more competitive and sustainable sector.

Although there are technologies to harness MRE, new concepts are continuously coming out by academic, non-academic and industry inventors and entrepreneurs, who may not have enough resources and expertise to develop their ideas further.

Therefore, PORTOS invites applicants to submit for the testing of their MRE device or technology to an independent Selection Panel (SP) comprising of experts in this sector.

Successful applicants will have access to one of the following facilities for two weeks:

  • Universidade do Porto – UPORTO (PT) multidirectional wave basin or wave-current flume;
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – USC (ES) wave/current flume;
  • Fundacion Instituto de Hidraulica Ambiental de Cantabria – IHCantabria (ES) large wave flume;
  • University of Plymouth – UoP (UK) wave flume and wave basin;
  • Ecole d’Ingenieurs en Genie des Systemes Industriels – EIGSI (FR) technical assessment of novel technologies;
  • Universidad de Oviedo – UNIOVI (ES) – numerical modelling of novel technologies.

PORTOS applicants need to contact the test facility prior to applying to ensure they can facilitate the campaign.

INTERREG Atlantic Area projects supports transnational cooperation projects in five countries; France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and UK.

Therefore, only applications from these areas can be accepted.

Priority goes to transnational access and to people/organisations who have not tested their device before.