FORESEA programme open for business

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A new initiative aimed at marine energy technology developers has made its for call for support package applications.

The €11 million FORESEA programme is led by the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre.

Successful applicants will receive free access to ocean energy testing in real sea conditions.

This will be provided at the project’s network of open sea test centres. The programme is funded through Interreg NWE, part of the European Regional Development Fund.

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project was launched this month to help enterprises test and demonstrate low carbon energy technologies at sea at:

        The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

        SEM-REV - Nantes, France

        SmartBay - Galway, Ireland

        The Tidal Testing Centre - Den Oever, Netherlands


The call for applications is open to enterprises 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 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 cooperation” said John Breslin, general manager at SmartBay Ireland, the access coordinators 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.”

Further information can be found in the call documents, which can be downloaded from the FORESEA website:

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

T: 01856888710