The Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) is a 4 year project coordinated by DMEC and running from May 2018 to May 2022. MEA unites regional expertise and capabilities of leading organisations with a track-record in Marine Energy development.
In this project, DMEC works together with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Exceedence, INNOSEA, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, the University of Edinburgh, and communications partner Navingo.
The aim of MEA is to progress the technical and commercial maturity level of early-stage (TRL 3 – 4) marine energy technology companies with the overall goal of reducing the risk of device failure in subsequent demonstration phases.
Via MEA, selected marine energy technology companies will receive a suite of tailored expert services that will enable them to realise their ambitions and, more broadly, contribute to the coherent growth of the marine energy industry in general.
Through participation in MEA, companies will gain access to the project partners’ world-leading expertise in marine energy development. Awarded companies will have the chance to work closely together with a transnational team of marine energy experts on both the technical advancement of their technology, as well as the development of their commercial strategy and business plans. Each service offer is intended to put the company’s technology and business firmly on the road towards successful commercialisation.
Companies are able to receive support from MEA via a competitive selection procedure. The first Call for Applications is open from Monday 17 December 2018 until Friday 15 February 2019 at 17:00 (CET). Access to the MEA service offering is awarded to companies via a two-stage application process. Stage 1 of the application process requests the applicant to submit an online Expression of Interest that can be submitted via the MEA project website. Stage 2 involves a 30-minute remote (online) interaction involving a brief pitch (5 – 10 minutes) followed by a Q&A session conducted by representatives of MEA. Successful Stage 2 applicants are invited to design a tailored Service Offer that will be implemented by the company and MEA in a joint effort.
The project has a total budget of €6 million and is supported by Interreg North West Europe, who provides €3.6 million of ERDF funding. For this project DMEC is also financially supported by the Province of North Holland.