On October 11, Teamwork Technology - supported by DMEC - WavEC Offshore Renewables, Sines Tecnopolo and APS (Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority) signed a Letter of Intent for the set up of a basic sea testing facility for wave energy. The signing took place on the occasion of the State Visit to Portugal by the King and Queen of the Netherlands in Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon.
The harbour of Sines has been indicated as a preferred location for such a facility because the testing of sea technologies requires preferably deep water, good infrastructure support, proximity to a harbour and appropriate wave and wind resources - all of which are available in Sines. The facility will suit the purpose of technology development and real-sea testing of technologies but will also have educational and dissemination purposes. It will be open to trainees that will receive hand-on experience in developing, building and operating the devices, building professional human capacity for this new industry.
Portugal is in a phase of strong political drive and entrepreneurial interest to transfer recent progress in the areas of marine renewable energy, offshore aquaculture and adjacent sectors to economic activities in the ocean. The Netherlands has developed substantial water management know-how that led to a significant offshore industry in the field of oil & gas and dredging worldwide. Nowadays this industry got also involved in marine renewable energy. To develop marine renewable energy opportunities in both countries, there is a need for a collaboration to combine the know-how of the Dutch offshore industry and the Portuguese supply chain and home market.