The €11m FORESEA programme opened its first call for support package applications on 27 July.
The €11m FORESEA programme opened its first call for support package applications on 27 July. Successful applicants will receive free access to enable them 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 FORESEA project was launched to help enterprises test and demonstrate low carbon energy technologies in real sea environments, specifically at four test infrastructures: – the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK, SEM-REV (Nantes, France), SmartBay (Galway, Ireland) and the Tidal Testing Centre in Den Oever, The Netherlands.
The call for applications is open to parties that 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.
“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 co-operation”, said John Breslin, general manager of SmartBay Ireland, Access Co-ordinators 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”.