MARIN offers SME (MKB) clients* a free basin slot of two weeks (eighty basin hours including a qualified test engineer) and a one-day workshop with an experienced MARIN Project Manager and Project Engineer. The free basin slots allow feasibility checks and improvements in an early phase of a new concept development. They are not meant as final or formal tests of a design, or for optimisation of existing designs.
It is about new ideas and concepts, not about optimisation of existing designs and design tests; that is what MARIN's normal projects and rates are for. The possible projects are diverse: from floating wind turbines and solar panels to large kites for generating wind energy.
Each selected project for 2023 (up to six) receives two weeks of test basin time (including preparations and test time) in the MARIN Concept Basin or the MARIN Shallow Water Basin. These two weeks include an experienced experimenter, who operates the systems and helps the customers to perform the tests. Also included is a preparation day for consultation with an experienced MARIN Project Manager and a MARIN Project Engineer. Together they discuss the concept, the best approach to the tests and the required support from MARIN.
This total offer represents a value of roughly 40,000 Euros per client and is a MARIN offer to its clients (not a governmental subsidy). Clients can bring their own models and can perform and analyse the tests themselves. However, MARIN can also assist in model making, instrumentation, analysis and reporting at regular rates. Experience in previous years showed that clients typically spend 20,000-30,000 Euros in addition to the free basin time offered by MARIN.
*Small, medium-sized and micro-enterprises (SMEs) include companies employing less than 250 people and whose annual turnover does not exceed EUR 50 million or the annual balance sheet total of EUR 43 million. See www.rvo.nl