By DARA BUTTERFIELD
The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and CENSIS – the Innovation Centre for Sensor & Imaging Systems – have launched a collaboration to support the innovation and development of new sensor technologies.
The partnership aims to fast track novel sensor technologies in the energy sector marketplace by helping innovative sensor technologies develop through technology readiness levels and providing independent performance verification as technologies enter the market.
The support offered by CENSIS can help sensor technologies progress to technology readiness level 6/7, readying them for independent Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) delivered by EMEC.
CENSIS is the Scottish Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems, which aims to bring together commercial innovation and academic research, to drive economic activity in Scotland.
Jennifer Norris, Research Director, EMEC, said: “Marine energy developers are generally required to investigate the potential effect of their devices on the surrounding environment, as well as being interested in any effect the environment may have on their devices. These investigations require in situ monitoring by sensors that can deliver data in high energy environments.
“The better the sensors and other data gathering methods are, the better we can understand how the pioneering wave and tidal energy machines testing at EMEC interact with their environment.
“We want as many companies as possible to benefit from the EU-ETV scheme. CENSIS’ support in early-stage technology development will help companies progress their technologies to a point when they’re ready to market. EMEC can then verify the performance claims to give more credibility to a new product as it becomes commercial.”
EMEC is currently running a competition which will provide a free ETV to an innovative technology developer. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 June 2015.