The Technology Assessment Process (TAP)

The Technology Assessment ProcessThe Marine Energy Technology Assessment Process (TAP) is an integrated evaluation and development pathway for early stage wave and tidal technology developers. 

TAP provides a standardised framework for the assessment of new and emerging wave and tidal energy developers allowing technology to be benchmarked in a number of key areas.

Experts from the Catapult will work with developers across a range of uncertainties and risks associated with costs and performance. This approach significantly de-risks technologies before they reach prototype testing stage and allows developers to focus on the areas that are most important, resulting in a less expensive, faster and more focused development pathway.

The TAP methodology is designed to track progress and build evidence of performance as technological ideas progress from one stage of development to another.

Benefits for developers

  • Improved focus and risk management
  • Corroboration of competitive prospects at each stage of the development journey.

Benefits for Investors/Grant bodies

  • Better informed investment decisions with improved confidence and reduced risk.
  • Better matching of investment to strong, feasible technical ideas.
  • Better visibility of respective technical strengths when evaluating competing ideas.
  • Better ongoing confidence through periodic independent review.

Mapping Progress

An evidence-based dossier – the Technology Passport – will help to map the developer’s journey through the development process, identifying milestones towards technology commercialisation and development support opportunities.

Working in partnership

EMEC Logo Land RGBWe are working with EMEC in Orkney, supporting technology developers through TAP to de-risk their technology prior to full scale testing.

Download the TAP brochure here 

For more information, contact Simon Cheeseman (

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