FORESEA opens third call for offshore renewable energy technologies
Marine energy developers are invited to apply for a new round of European funding.
The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme has opened its third call for support package applications.
The aim is to help commercialise offshore renewable energy technologies by giving free access to FORESEA’s network of test sites, including those operated by the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
The call is open to technologies ready to deploy and complete testing before 2019. The call runs until 29 September 2017.
FORESEA is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by offering free access to a world-leading network of test centres.
To date, the project has awarded 25 ‘recommendations for support’ to developers through two competitive calls for applications.
The final granting of support is made upon signature of contract between the technology developer and the relevant test centre.
FORESEA support is an important piece of the finance package which enables offshore renewable energy developers to test their technologies in real sea conditions.
FORESEA is helping Scotrenewables Tidal Power test technology at EMEC.
Scotrenewables business development manager James Murray said: “We greatly appreciate FORESEA support towards demonstrating our low cost floating tidal technology at full scale.
“Using this support, the SR2000 2 megawatt test programme delivered a new industry record for ‘peak-power’ generation and provided invaluable data to our engineering team towards the delivery of commercial units.”
EMEC programme manager Nicolas Wallet said: "Testing ocean energy technologies at sea is challenging.
“Capital costs are high, and technologies are not yet de-risked enough for private investors to step in.
“The FORESEA project makes a strong contribution towards overcoming this industry-wide challenge by reducing the up-front cost of testing.
“As well as continuing to support marine energy convertor technologies, the third FORESEA call will reach out to developers of products, services and key components that will enable the development of the ocean energy sector.”
Further information can be found on the FORESEA website: www.foreseaproject.eu