ITALY/SCOTLAND – A new collaborative deal signed this week in the European renewable energy sector is tipped to accelerate growth in marine power.

Explaining the ins and outs of the partnership during a session Monday, at the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) in Naples, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Enel Green Power SpA (EGP) revealed the tie-up between the two will focus on boosting knowledge sharing, as well as inspiring an increase in ‘collaborations in marine energy demonstration projects’. Specifically the pair aim to strengthen confidence in marine energy testing to attract both private and public sector investment.

Rob Flynn, International Development Manager at EMEC said: “EMEC is very happy to collaborate with EGP on supporting marine energy development. This project will help us learn from each other and drive the marine energy sector forward.”

EMEC is located in Orkney, Scotland, and offers testing facilities that can assess technologies at all stages ‘through to full-scale grid-connected trials’. Along with EGP, a global leader in the clean energy industry, the pair are perfectly placed to unleash the potential of marine power.

“This cooperation will allow us to share our expertise and know-how on marine energy with EMEC, leveraging on lessons learned and internationally recognised evaluation standards, with the aim to explore future opportunities in the ocean energy sector,” added Fabio Fugazzotto, Head of Marine Innovation at Enel Green Power.