FORESEA support applications open

EMEC Test centres involved in the programme include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Image courtesy of EMEC

EU-funded FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme has opened its third call for support package applications designed to help commercialise offshore renewable energy technologies.

Support packages provide free access to FORESEA’s network of test centres and aim to enable offshore renewable energy developers to test their technology in real sea conditions.

Companies with technology ready to deploy and complete testing before 2019 are eligible.

To date, the €11m project has awarded 25 ‘recommendations for support’ to developers through two competitive calls for applications.

Test centres involved in the programme include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK; SmartBay: Galway, Ireland; SEM-REV: Nantes, France and Tidal Testing Centre: Den Oever, Netherlands.

The test centres are supported by European industry group Ocean Energy Europe, based in Brussels.

Scotrenewables Tidal Power has previously received FORESEA’s support in demonstrating its low cost floating tidal technology at full scale. James Murray, business development manager at Scotrenewables, said: “Using this support, the SR2000 2MW test programme delivered a new industry record for ‘peak-power’ generation and provided invaluable data to our engineering team towards the delivery of commercial units, through our flagship Horizon2020 FloTEC project.”

The call runs until 29 September and was formally launched at the Orkney Ocean Energy Day at the EMEC’s facilities around the Orkney Islands.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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