The EUR-13-million (USD 14.5m) Ocean DEMO programme today opened its third call for applications with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects that have high readiness for deployment in late 2020 or early 2021.
The new call allows technology developers to apply for free access to open sea test sites where they can test multi-unit projects or single devices capable of scaling up to multi-device farms in the future. As in previous calls, the network of partnering test centres includes the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland, SmartBay Ireland, the Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and SEM-REV in France.
“Many ocean energy devices have been tested extensively and proved their potential over the past years. To grow the industry, we now need to scale up from single machine to multi-device farms,” said Lisa Fitzpatrick, Project Manager at EMEC and Ocean DEMO Project Leader.
“There will be delays in installations this summer, but we still have a strong pipeline of technology developers ready to deploy as soon as the situation allows. Hopefully, we will be able to report many successful deployments, including multi-machine deployments, within the next year,” in turn stated Florent Jube, European Project Manager at Centrale Nantes.
The third call is open until September 18, 2020.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.117)
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