FORESEA backs five startups

EMEC The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney is one of four FORESEA test centres. Credit: Colin Keldie

The €11m EU-funded FORESEA programme has awarded recommendations for support to five offshore renewable energy projects under its final call due to their readiness level for real sea testing within this year.

Technology developers granted support packages at their respective test centres include IFREMER: ECHOSONDE at SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes; Green Marine: ALARM (Adjustable Lifting Aid for Recovery for Moorings) at EMEC; Resen Waves: RABBIT (Resen Waves Smart Buoy Sea Trails) at EMEC; Swirl Generators Ltd: STACS (Sea Trial of Autonomous Control and Seaworthiness) at EMEC; and Wisub: SCORE at SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes.

FORESEA helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by offering free access to a network of test centres: EMEC (UK), DMEC (NL), SEM REV (FR) and SmartBay (IE).

Final confirmation of support will be granted to developers upon contract with the relevant test centre.

Real sea testing will continue next year through FORESEA’s follow up programme ‘Ocean DEMO’. It will provide free access to open sea test centres for multi-machine enabling technologies in marine renewable energy projects. A first call for Ocean DEMO will open later this year.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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