Funding support offered to ocean energy developers
A European initiative has awarded a ‘Recommendation for Support’ to 10 marine energy technology developers.
The backing from the FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme will help commercialise these technologies by providing free access to open-sea test centres in Orkney, France, Ireland and Holland.
The announcement was made at the Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference an Exhibition in Brussels.
FORESEA is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access through tailored support packages to a world-leading network of test centres.
These are the European Marine Energy Centre (Orkney), SEM-REV (France), SmartBay (Ireland) and Stichting Tidal Testing Centre (Netherlands).
Access is awarded through a series of competitive calls for application. It is financed by Interreg Europe.
The first FORESEA call for applications closed on September 21. Applications were assessed by FORESEA’s user selection board, who have awarded the ‘Recommendation for Support’ to the 10 technology developers. Final confirmation of support will be granted to developers upon contract with the relevant test centre.
Awards were granted to the following companies:
“This FORESEA award is an important part of the financial package which will help us to fully capitalise on our installation at EMEC, leverage further investment, and progress towards the marketplace,” said Patrik Moller, chief executive officer of CorPower Ocean – a wave energy technology.
Tests in open-sea conditions are a critical stage in validating a technology, but they require significant levels of investment.
“The FORESEA programme’s first call has been very successful with many high calibre applications received and we are delighted to recommend 10 technologies for support packages,” said Nic Wallet, FORESEA manager at EMEC.
“The level of interest we’ve had from technology developers in the programme has been very encouraging, and shows how vibrant the sector is becoming. We look forward to welcoming some of the applicants to EMEC in the near future.”