Selkie Project seeks tidal and wave developers – call for tenders extended

Calls for tenders looking for two companies – a tidal energy developer and a wave energy developer – to join the SELKIE project have both been extended to 30 April.

The Selkie project aims to improve the performance of marine energy devices and technologies, to boost marine energy industries in Wales and Ireland for two pilot demonstration projects.

The project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme, is developing a streamlined commercialisation pathway for the marine energy industry by establishing a cross-border network of developers and supply chain companies in Ireland and Wales. Multi-use technology tools, templates, standards and models are being created for use across the sector in Wales and Ireland.

SELKIE will test and validate the technology tools on two pilot demonstration technologies (one wave and one tidal), chosen by open tender. Using a structured development path, the pilot testing will advance the knowledge and improvement of marine energy devices in terms of their reliability, survivability, operability, stability and commercial viability.

The Selkie Project is seeking quotes for the services of a Tidal Energy Developer company and a Wave Energy Developer company to validate the tools developed during the project.

Gordon Dalton, Selkie project coordinator, said “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 commercialisation.”

Marine Energy Wales Lead, Jess Hooper said “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.”

More detail on the wave energy project here and the tidal energy project here.