Following the success of previous years, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) offers small and medium-sized businesses another round of free basin time in 2023. In this way, MARIN hopes to stimulate innovation in the Dutch maritime sector and to help them to test their new ideas and concepts.

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.

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Feasibility checks

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 optimising existing designs. The possible projects are diverse: from floating wind turbines and solar panels to large kites for generating wind energy.

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.

The application for 2023 closes December 31, 2022. See the MARIN website for more information, registration and conditions.

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