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
  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre: Alkmaar, 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 Contact name Address Email Website
The European Marine Energy Centre Limited Nicolas Wallet Stromness Old Academy
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Stichting Dutch Marine Energy Centre Justin den Hartog Netherlands
SmartBay Ireland Ltd 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

The FORESEA consortium invites you to participate in an industry consultation conducted by Cruz Atcheson. Help FORESEA test sites meet your open ocean testing requirements, by answering the survey at:



The FORESEA project is an Interreg North-West Europe project that aims to bring ocean energy technologies to market by facilitating performance demonstration in real sea conditions. The programme provides access to SEM-REV, EMEC, DMEC and SmartBay with the support of European industry group Ocean Energy Europe.


The consultation

The consultation process will run from the 18th of October until the 15th of November 2017. Topics covered in a 10-minute online survey format include:

  • Overall description of your short to long term testing plan
  • General requirements regarding the ideal infrastructure of a test site (e.g.: grid connection, onshore and offshore features)
  • General requirements regarding the services provided by a test site (e.g.: legal status of the site, connection to the supply chain, areas of support).

Survey responses will be fully anonymised, and only aggregated data and quantitative analysis will be published. The global findings will be made available via a public domain report.


Benefits of participation

Your feedback will directly inform the development paths that will be considered when building the open ocean test sites investment plans, ensuring that your requirements in terms of infrastructures and service offerings are met. Information about your current and future needs will facilitate long-term open ocean testing to support de-risking of your technology and ultimately your progression towards commercialisation.

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