Project Summary

FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) is an €11m Interreg North West Europe project. Its helps bring offshore renewable energy technologies to the market by providing free access to North-West Europe’s world-leading network of test centres.

Since its launch, FORESEA has increased real-sea testing activity in the ocean energy sector. Ten projects have hit the water at European test centres with FORESEA support, with more to come in the next 18 months.

Support is awarded through a series competitive calls. run by the project consortium. 

Where can I test through the FORESEA programme?

The programme covers the following test centres:

  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK
  • SmartBay: Galway, Ireland
  • SEM-REV: Nantes, France
  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre: Alkmaar, Netherlands

The test centres are supported by the European industry body for ocean energy, Ocean Energy Europe, based in Brussels.

hero image courtesy of EMEC, Credit Colin Keldie

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
The European Marine Energy Centre Nicolas Wallet Stromness Old Academy
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Dutch Marine Energy Centre Justin den Hartog Netherlands
SmartBay Ireland Rogerio Chumbinho Ireland
Ecole Centrale de Nantes Olivia Thilleul France
Ocean Energy Europe Rob Flynn Belgium

1st Call

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

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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

FORESEA moves 15 offshore renewable energy technologies further along the commercialisation pathway

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The Interreg Europe funded FORESEA programme has awarded ‘recommendations for support’ to 15 offshore renewable energy technologies following its second call for applications. The awards will provide a real boost to technology developers by allowing them to test their technologies on the open sea, attract further investment, and move further along the path to commercialisation. Read More

3rd Call

FORESEA opens third call for offshore renewable energy technologies

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The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme opened its third call for support package applications today. Support packages will help commercialise offshore renewable energy technologies by giving free access to FORESEA’s network of test sites. The call is open to technologies ready to deploy and complete testing before 2019. The call runs until 29 September 2017. Read More

4th Call



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