A consortium of 16 European energy companies and research groups has kicked off a €45m ($53m) project to deliver what it calls “world-first” bankable hybrid offshore marine energy parks that combine offshore wind power with solar and wave energy.

Led by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and including major utilities such as RWE Renewables, Enel Green Power or EDP’s Labelec unit, as well as floater specialist SBM Offshore, the European Scalable Offshore Renewable Energy Sources (EU-SCORES) project partners will build two demonstration plants.