Orkney-based energy chief calls for bids from wave-power developers for free access to EU marine test sites

Neil Kermode
Neil Kermode

FORESEA is an €11 million project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centres – which includes the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

And EMEC Managing Director Neil Kermode formally announced the second call for wave-energy developers to apply for their projects to be admitted to a FORESEA test-centre.

FORESEA –  Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action – is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

As well as EMEC in Orkney, the other test sites included in the programme are located in France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney, Scotland, than at any other single site in the world: EMEC has hosted 17 wave and tidal energy clients (with 27 marine energy devices) spanning nine countries.

Kermode said: “With 10 technologies recommended for support, it’s fair to say that the FORESEA** programme is off to a tremendous start, and we are really looking forward to welcoming some of these developers to EMEC in the coming months.

“To continue this momentum, I am pleased to announce that the second call for applications is now open.”

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