FORESEA


To facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services in sectors with high energy saving potential, to reduce GHG emissions in NWE

Project Summary

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project aims to help bring ocean energy technologies to market by providing access to North-West Europe’s world-leading network of test centres.

Through the project, the performance of innovative ocean renewable energy technologies will be demonstrated in real sea conditions, helping to leverage the investment needed to take these new products to market.

Access to test sites will be provided through a programme of competitive calls, run by the project’s consortium.

The programme covers the following test centres:

  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK
  • SmartBay: Galway, Ireland
  • SEM-REV: Nantes, France
  • Tidal Testing Centre: Den Oever, Netherlands

The test centres are supported by European industry group Ocean Energy Europe, based in Brussels.

European technologies are the clear global leader in ocean energy. To translate this leadership into a new industrial sector, it is essential that a critical mass of technologies receive enough private investment to take them to the marketplace.

The cost of pre-commercial testing and demonstration for ocean energy is high and investors are reluctant to invest until the technology has been proven in the sea at scale. The result is that precisely at the point when risks are highest and capital requirements most intensive – (e.g. open ocean testing and demonstration) – technology developers hit a funding brick wall.

The FORESEA programme will encourage longer term testing and technology de-risking, thereby leveraging further investment and enabling progression towards the marketplace.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
The European Marine Energy Centre Limited Stromness Old Academy
Orkney
KW163AW
United Kingdom
matthew.finn@emec.org.uk www.emec.org.uk
Name Email Country
Stichting Tidal Testing Centre Rachida.Ftatchi@Anteagroup.com Netherlands
SmartBay Ireland Ltd rogerio.chumbinho@smartbay.ie Ireland
Ecole Centrale de Nantes izan.le-crom@ec-nantes.fr France
Ocean Energy Europe r.flynn@oceanenergyeurope.eu Belgium

1st Call for Applications


Press release: FORESEA programme awards support to ten offshore renewable energy technology developers

Posted on

08 November. Brussels. The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) Programme has awarded a ‘Recommendation for Support’ to ten ocean energy technology developers. The support will help commercialise these technologies by providing free access to open-sea test centres. The announcement was made at the Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference & Exhibition in Brussels today. Read More


2nd Call for Applications



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