For some years, MARIN has provided maritime SMEs with free basin time for testing their innovative ideas. Following the success of previous years, a new (seventh) round will follow in 2020. The offer is intended for SMEs who want to explore a new maritime concept: to see if it works, to improve it or to demonstrate it. With this initiative, MARIN wants to help Dutch SMEs to make an important step in the development of their innovation. You can register until 31 December 2019.
It is about new ideas and concepts, not about the optimisation of existing designs and design tests; for that the regular MARIN projects and rates apply. Projects vary from floating wind turbines and solar panels to large kites for generating wind energy. Go to www.marin.nl/mkb for concepts that have previously been successfully tested and completed.
Every new selected project for 2020 (up to five) receives two weeks of refueling time (including preparation and testing time). These two weeks include a MARIN experimenter, project manager and project engineer. 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). MARIN sees it as its contribution to Dutch maritime innovation: MARIN has modern facilities and is the largest independent maritime testing institute in the world. MARIN works for large shipowners, yards and energy companies. MARIN would like to use the facilities and experience to help Dutch maritime SMEs.
Interested companies can sign up by giving a description of their concept and the tests they would like to perform. The deadline is 31 December 2019. MARIN will select the most innovative and promising projects.