Regional development agency POM West Flanders has sought council from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to aid development of the “Blue Accelerator” test platform.
Established in 2019, Blue Accelerator is a maritime innovation and development platform, located about 500 m from the eastern breakwater of Ostend, Belgium. The platform provides a means for companies, knowledge institutions and research centers to test new products and technologies for the blue economy below, above or at sea level.
German wave energy developer NEMOS GmbH is testing its wave energy converter prototype on the platform.
POM West Flanders called upon the expertise of EMEC, which advised on business development, commercial strategy, operational guidance and financial tools to help bring the Blue Accelerator to market.
“EMEC, together with POM West Flanders, has developed a sustainable long-term business plan to operate our test platform over the next 15 years, with the goal to reach out to the whole blue industry in West Europe,” explains Sarina Motmans, blue energy coordinator at POM West Flanders. “This plan also includes a financial, commercialization and marketing strategy for the Blue Accelerator.”
Rob Flynn, EMEC’s Commercial Manager added: “Blue Accelerator opens up a wide range of R&D opportunities across the blue economy, from offshore energy, aquaculture and subsea tech and I’m excited to see what innovations it will generate over the coming years.”
Established in 2003, EMEC has developed and operates four marine testing facilities and green hydrogen demonstration infrastructure in Orkney, Scotland.