Scottish Energy Minister launches global competition for marine developers to win free EMEC verification prize

The Orkney isles provide a tough challenge for marine power developers
The Orkney isles provide a tough challenge for marine power developers

By DARA BUTTERFIELD

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister, yesterday launched a  worldwide competition run by the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)  to offer free environmental technology verification to encourage technology developers.

In his keynote address at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow, Ewing announced that the winner of the competition will be taken through the full verification process and will be provided with a Statement of Verification for their technology.

As one of the European Commission’s initiatives under the Eco-Innovation Action Plan, ETV is a new verification programme to help innovative environmental technology companies enter the market quicker by independently verifying the specific performance claims of their new technology.

EMEC-ETV is designed to help small and medium-sized (SME) businesses attract investment, increase market share, and differentiate from competitors. Whilst the EU ETV pilot scheme provides developers with some funding assistance towards the cost of a verification, EMEC is aiming to provide a developer with funding for the whole verification process (excluding the costs of any testing required).

Ewing said: “The European Marine Energy Centre is recognised around the globe for its world-class facilities in Orkney. The environmental technology verification (ETV) project is an exciting opportunity for small and medium-sized developers.

“Independent verification of performance is an important factor in securing private sector funding and reaching the market and I would encourage as many smaller developers as possible to enter this competition.”

The EMEC-ETV competition is seeking proposals from SME developers who can show that their technology is innovative and has environmental added-value, and whose performance characteristics are not fully covered by existing regulations and standards.

Dave Wakefield, ETV manager, EMEC, said: “We meet a lot of new technology developers at EMEC, and we think this scheme could really help give their products visibility and credibility. By proving that environmental benefit and innovation claims are real, we believe ETV will help them get investment, and get them to market sooner.”

“If you have an innovative environmental technology, and want it to stand out from the crowd, this competition could be your launchpad.”

The competition is open to all companies worldwide. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 June 2015.

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