GRANTS – EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY – MARINE ENERGY

Oceans represent an enormous untapped resource of clean and renewable energy. It is estimated that 100 GW of marine energy capacity can be deployed in Europe by 2050, meeting 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs.
Ocean energy has the potential to play a significant role in the future energy system, whilst contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, mitigating climate change and stimulating economic growth.
This environment presents new cross-sectoral cooperation opportunities for the marine energy and the space industry to come up with new commercial solutions. For the purpose of this study, ESA Space Solutions has established a cooperation with the Dutch Marine Energy Centre, who will provide feedback to the study results and contribute with inputs towards potential follow-on demonstration projects.

ESA Space Solutions will provide funding to successful teams looking to investigate the technical feasibility and economic viability of space-based applications in support of marine energy solutions, and define a roadmap for services implementation and demonstration.
The activities will be 100% funded up to €150K per activity.

The following scenarios have been identified as key focus areas:
Logistics and operation of marine energy installations

Increase durability and survival of marine energy installations

Resource assessment at different sites (including hence – and forecast, risk analysis, bankability)

Supporting environmental impact assessment of marine energy

CLOSING DATE 17TH November 2020

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