In a Press release yesterday, The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) Programme has awarded a ‘Recommendation for Support’ to ten ocean energy technology developers, including our Ocean Energy Sweden member Corpower Ocean. 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 yesterday.
FORESEA is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access through tailored support packages to a world-leading network of test centres: EMEC (UK), SEM-REV (France), SmartBay (Ireland) and Stichting Tidal Testing Centre (Netherlands). Access is awarded through a series of competitive calls for application. It is financed by Interreg Europe.
The first FORESEA call for applications closed on 21 September. Applications were assessed by FORESEA’s User Selection Board, who have awarded a ‘Recommendation for Support’ to ten technology developers. Final confirmation of support will be granted to developers upon contract with the relevant test centre.
Awards were granted to the following companies:
- Aquantis Technology
- Corpower Ocean
- GEPS Techno
- Mako Turbines
- Pytheas Technology
- QED Naval
Patrik Möller, CEO of CorPower Ocean – a wave energy technology developer and recipient of a FORESEA award said:
“This FORESEA award is an important part of the financial package which will help us to fully capitalise on our installation at EMEC, leverage further investment, and progress towards the marketplace.”