FORESEA: New European Programme Funding Open Sea Testing for Ocean Energy

The €11m FORESEA project brings together Europe’s leading ocean energy test facilities to help demonstration of tidal, wave

The €11m FORESEA project brings together Europe’s leading ocean energy test facilities to help demonstration of tidal, wave and offshore wind energy technologies in real-sea conditions. The project is funded by the Interreg NWE (North-West Europe) programme, part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project will provide funding support to ocean energy technology developers to access Europe’s world-leading ocean energy test facilities:

  • EMEC (Orkney Islands, UK)
  • SmartBay (Galway, Ireland)
  • SEM-REV (Nantes, France)
  • Tidal Testing Centre (Den Oever, Netherlands)

Commenting on the project launch, Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries said: “This programme shows the added value of European cooperation. If we are to help ocean energy on a path towards commercialisation, countries as well as companies will have to work together to overcome joint challenges. The European Commission is encouraging this kind of cooperation, for example through the Ocean Energy Forum as well as programmes such as this one.”

The first call for applicants to apply for support packages is scheduled to be announced later this month.

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