|27 July 2016|


European ocean energy pioneers are being backed to test their tech in ‘real sea conditions’ through an €11 million fund.

The FORESEA programme opened its first call for support package applications today. With successful applicants given free access to test ocean energy technologies in real sea conditions at the projects network of open sea test centres. The programme is funded through Interreg NWE, part of the European Regional Development Fund.

“The test infrastructures on offer through the FORESEA programme are amongst the best in the world and present a great example of European collaboration and cooperation,” said John Breslin, General Manager, SmartBay Ireland, Access Coordinators of the FORESEA programme.

“Moreover, FORESEA provides an important test and validation pathway for ocean energy technology developers in their journey towards commercialisation. We look forward to working with developers through the programme to help them get their technologies into the water to contribute to the growth of the ocean renewables sector.”

Launched this month, the FORESEA project will provide vital support for enterprises to test and demonstrate low carbon energy technologies in real sea environments at the following test infrastructures: European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – Orkney Islands, Scotland; SEM-REV – Nantes, France; SmartBay – Galway, Ireland; and the Tidal Testing Centre – Den Oever, Netherlands.

The call for applications launched today is open to parties who wish to deploy their technology for testing before June 2018. Preference will be given to technologies ready for deployment in 2016 and early 2017. The deadline for applications is 18:00 CET, 21 September 2016.