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ARQ Asset Solutions Ltd.

Name of Company: ARQ Asset Solutions Ltd. 

Company Representatives/Founder: Ronan Carey & Conor O'Sullivan. 

Company Location: Cork, Ireland. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic: Mentoring on the current and future offshore marine renewable market space; Access to marine renewable test centres in the UK; Funding to avail of test space and test hours at the above test sites. 

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: EMEC, Orkney, Scotland; ORE Catapult, Levenmouth, Scotland.

How will this benefit your company: This will reduce development costs borne by ARQ while providing access to world class test centres. EMEC have established offshore facilities and management systems which ensure developers like ARQ can concentrate on developing our technology rather than the pains of site development. ORE Catapult has a fully operational wind turbine, this will allow ARQ to test our hardware in a realistic environment. 

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: To accelerate the development of our cloud-based solution that simplifies the business of machine reliability in remote, inaccessible locations.

Exceedence Ltd./ Technology from Ideas Ltd.

Name of Company: Exceedence Ltd. / Technology from Ideas Ltd. 

Company Representatives/Founder: Ray Alcorn & John Keating (Exceedence); Noel Halloran & Paul McEvoy (Technology from Ideas)

Company Location: Cork, Ireland. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic:  LiR NOTF: Lab Testing of Control & Battery Storage System; EMEC: Initial Sea Tests for Operational System; INESC TEC: Simulink model validation & Communication Systems. 

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: LiR NOTF; EMEC; INESC TEC. 

How will this benefit your company: Exceedence Ltd and Technology from Ideas Ltd are already working on a marine renewable energy project funded by the Marine Institute. The additional resources and testing provided at the three test facilities will expand our scope allowing us to accelerate our technology from the initially estimated pre-commercial prototype to a commercial prototype. 

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: By partaking in the ProtoAtlantic Fast tracked Product development, we hope to have a commercial prototype ready for market by the end of the programme. The work to be carried out with ProtoAtlantic will enhance and accelerate our current product development project funded by the Marine Institute. 

Fazzini Meccanica s.n.c.

Name of Company: Fazzini Meccanica s.n.c 

Company Representatives/Founder: Erica Fazzini

Company Location: San Pietro in Cariano, Verona, Italy. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic:  Test facility access and TRL 4 performance monitoring.

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: LiR National Ocean Testing Facility, Cork. 

How will this benefit your company: Thanks to the participation of Proto-Atlantic Fast Tracked Product development our team will increase its expertise in wave energy device development. Being part of Proto Atlantic will also consent our company and ECOWEC project to earn visibility and credibility in the wave energy sector.

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: The opportunity of testing our prototype under controlled conditions will take us to the optimization of the buoy and transmission mechanism

Impact9 Energy and Marine Ltd.

Name of Company: Impact9 Energy and Marine Ltd. 

Company Representatives/Founder: John Fitzgerald. 

Company Location: Dublin, Ireland. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic: Impact9 will be working with ProtoAtlantic across 3 work packages: 1. Submergence Concept Consultation, where INESC TEC experts will offer advice on aspects of control and automation; 2. Model Final Design / Procure / Build, where UCC will support Ipact9 to design and build the physical model, and; 3. Model Calibration, Test Set-up, Tests and Reporting, where UCC will support the running of the tests with Impact9.

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: LiR National Ocean Testing Facility, Cork (Experimental Tests); INESC TEC (Automation Concept Workshop). 

How will this benefit your company: Impact9 intends to use the results of physical tests to strengthen its commercial feasibility study and to attract commercial co-funding for subsequent development. This would involve the design of a prototypical fish pen product for a sea or river deployment.

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: In addition to getting support on control and automation aspects of the system, the principle objective is to facilitate and support physical tests: 1. To demonstrate a “Proof of Concept” at tank scale: the general submergence principle as well as under dynamic environmental loading; 2. To gather direct load and motion data for the 2 baseline configurations, so that this data can be used to support concept design work and commercial feasibility assessments, and; 3. To gather data that allows direct comparison to numerical methods, in order to validate the numerical methods and the parameters that should be applied to give a good representation of physical behavior and give good confidence in the model validity for future design exercises for Net9-based commercial designs.

OCEOMIC, Marine Bio and Technology, S.L.

Name of Company: OCEOMIC, Marine Bio and Technology, S.L. 

Company Representatives/Founder: Ivan Alonso, Veronica Benitez, & Carmelo Benitez

Company Location: Fuerteventura, The Canaries, Spain.

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic: Advice and support on co-re-designing the hardware and software, as well as pressure testing certifications.

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Portugal; European Marine Energy Centre, Scotland. 

How will this benefit your company: The main benefit of participating in the ProtoAtlantic Fast Tracked Product Development will be to have a product with an increased potential for succeeding in the market. Furthermore, being participants of the Protoatlantic project have already had benefits, as for example: an improved strategic alignment between OCEOMIC founders, extended contact network, increased knowledge about how to face some start up’s obstacles and a better understanding of the marine- maritime needs.

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: Under the ProtoAtlantic Fast Tracked Product Development, OCEOMIC hopes to turn the APNEA prototype into an innovative product. This includes: Improve the efficiency and robustness of APNEA performance; Rise TRL level; Accomplish with the CE marking regulations; Increase our know-how about testing marine equipment; Increase OCEOMIC’s visibility at European level; A better understanding of the market related to marine monitoring. 

Sea Wave Energy Ltd

Name of Company: Sea Wave Energy Ltd

Company Representatives/Founder: Adamos Zakheos

Company Location: London, UK.

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic:  Access to accredited wave tank facilities. 

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: LiR National Ocean Testing Facility, Cork. 

How will this benefit your company: Allow for the testing and collection of data in accredited facilities that will enable us to verify our claims on the performance and capabilities of our technology.

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: Proceed the development of our technology along the TRL ladder. Also receiving recognition and future partnering opportunities for developing our technology through to commercialisation.

SealSpear Technologies Ltd.

Name of Company: SealSpear Technologies Ltd. 

Company Representatives/Founder: Kieran Barry 

Company Location: Galway, Ireland. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic:  Our company will receive prototyping support through use of the wave and current flume located at the Lir NOTF. This will be used to simulate ship movement through water and allow us to test our air lubrication/air injection technology.

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: LiR National Ocean Testing Facility, Cork. 

How will this benefit your company: This will benefit our company and add value primarily through progression of the ‘Technology Readiness Levels (TRL’s) by which we measure our developmental progress. By testing in a tank environment, which is a relevant environment at full geometric scale we will achieve TRL 5. Achieving this will: Technical: Inform the decision for design alterations and to progress with high-speed tunnel testing as an appropriate means of achieving TRL 6, or alternatively use a water-craft; Commercial: As a means to gain confidence from potential Clients including Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line as well as other stakeholders, and; Business Development: Leverage output for further funding through private investment and European sources including H2020 SME Instruments

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: As described the main goal is to continue adding value to our company. We participated in New Frontiers (Galway/Mayo 2018/2019) and were eventual winners in the ‘One to Watch’ category, we want to continue building upon this success using ProtoAtlantic Fast Tracked Product Development Support and in turn use ProtoAtlantic output to add more incremental value by way of TRL Levels, Stakeholder Confidence and leverage for further funding.

Subsea Mechatronics S.L.

Name of Company: Subsea Mechatronics S.L.​

Company Representatives/Founder: Darío Sosa, Luis Sánchez, & Aaron Martínez. 

Company Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands, Spain. 

What will your company be receiving from ProtoAtlantic:  Mentoring and access to facilities. 

Where Testing/Prototyping will take place: INESC TC, Porto, Portugal. 

How will this benefit your company: INESC TEC is an specialized company in scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and pre-incubation of new technology-based companies, that applies the knowledge and results generated to seek value creation and immediate social relevance. This is exactly what our company needs at this moment.

What are you hoping to achieve from ProtoAtlantic’s Fast Tracked Product Development: INESC TEC also have wide experience with Marine Robots, so with their expertise and help, we will try to establish the foundations for run a pilot and improve our prototype in order to get the first approach to the market and demonstrate that our technology works.