The Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre) and the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of the offshore wind industry after decades of experience from the offshore industry.
METCentre and Plocan have agreed to work on offshore wind in deep waters in their respective countries, as well as together when the opportunity arises; to seek areas of strategic benefit for both nations and their offshore wind supply chain through cooperation and partnership; and to deliver activities for the mutual benefit of the test centres as well as for relevant industrial actors in Spain and Norway.
The collaboration agreement was signed on Friday 23 April by Arvid Nesse, General Manager of Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre), and José Joaquín Hernández Brito, General Manager of PLOCAN. It provides a framework for further collaboration on market solutions, test solutions, regulatory aspects and environmental considerations.
“This agreement will strengthen the entire offshore wind industry in both Norway and the rest of Europe, and I am convinced that sharing knowledge and experience in such a new and growing industry as the offshore wind industry will be mutually beneficial for Norway, Spain and the entire industry in Europe. This agreement additionally provides us new opportunities with offshore wind, in combination with new technology solutions such as hydrogen and liquid solar power production”, says Arvid Nesse, General Manager of Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre).
“The fact that we are succeeding with such close collaboration between two leading test centres for floating offshore wind technology in Europe, shows the willingness to develop that exists in the entire European offshore wind industry. If we are to reduce costs and increase knowledge, we are completely dependent on close cooperation across national borders. This is being facilitated by the agreement “, says José Joaquín Hernández Brito, General Manager of PLOCAN.
The METCentre and PLOCAN are two leading test sites for floating offshore wind in Europe. The partners have considered that the test centres together can play an important role in the European green energy transition. The two partners have different characteristics in terms of location, test infrastructure and financing, testing and market approach, that together can provide significant synergies for both test centres, Norway, Spain and the rest of Europe.
METCentre is part of the Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster and envisages that this collaboration also can provide added value for the 277 member companies in the Cluster. PLOCAN is part of the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster (CMC), which promotes the development and international competitiveness of the Canary Islands maritime sector through the integration, creation, strengthening and sustainability of companies and agents that are included in the value chain of the maritime sector, promoting its international presence and increasing its technological and innovative level. Currently the CMC groups 76 members of which 58 are companies.