Five projects picked for support under 5th call of FORESEA

Wildlife observations at EMEC test site. Source: EMEC

February 27 (Renewables Now) - Five offshore renewable energy projects have received recommendations for support under the fifth and final call of the EU-funded FORESEA programme.

The EUR-11-million (USD 12.5m) FORESEA project is designed to help commercialise offshore renewable energy technologies by providing developers with free access to a network of test centres in the UK, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The FORESEA Selection Board has now picked five projects that will be developed either at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, or at the SEM-REV test site in Centrale Nantes, France.

The table below gives more details about the projects.

Developer Project Test centre
Green Marine ALARM (Adjustable Lifting Aid for Recovery for Moorings) EMEC
Resen Waves RABBIT (Resen Waves Smart Buoy Sea Trails) EMEC
Swirl Generators Ltd STACS (Sea Trial of Autonomous Control and Seaworthiness) EMEC
Wisub SCORE SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes

The above mentioned developers will receive final confirmation of support once they sign contracts with the relevant test centre.

This is the final call as part of FORESEA but next year real sea testing will continue through a follow-up programme called Ocean DEMO. This initiative, funded by the Interreg North West Europe programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will give free access to open sea test centres for multi-machine enabling technologies in marine renewables. Its first call will be opened later this year.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.139)

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