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First call of EUR-13m ocean energy support programme opens

Aerial view of Fall of Warness, EMEC tidal test site (Image Aquatera)

May 14 (Renewables Now) - The first call for applications under the EUR-13-million (USD 14.6m) Ocean DEMO programme is now open and will run until July 1, 2019, it was announced today.

This programme, funded by Interreg North-West Europe, will provide ocean energy technology developers with free access to test centres including the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland, SmartBay Ireland, the Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and SEM-REV in France.

Ocean DEMO is the follow-up programme to the EUR-11-million, EU-funded FORESEA project, which supported the commercialisation of offshore renewable energy technologies through five calls. The new programme, though, will focus on multi-device farms.

“Reaching the multi-device farms stage will result in economies of scale. It will significantly improve ocean energy technologies’ competitiveness, and drive innovation across the supply chain. The cost reduction will in turn attract new investors and promote further growth in the ocean energy sector,” commented Nicolas Wallet, Programme Manager at EMEC and Ocean DEMO Project Leader.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.121)

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