EU funds sea-trials in Orkney for three more wave energy developers

A ScotRenewables wave energy generator
A ScotRenewables wave energy generator

The FORESEA programme has announced funding for three wave-energy developers to carry out sea-trials on their prototypes at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney isles.

The latest beneficiaries of FORESEA funding for Orkney are Blackfish and Bombora, as well as Scotrenewables.

The FORESEA programme is an €11 million (£10m) project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a network of test centres.

Welcoming EU support for renewable energy in Scotland, Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This is further evidence of the recognised excellence of EMEC as a global player in the research and development and testing of ocean energy devices, and of Scotland’s status as a major player in the European renewable energy sector.

“Moreover it also illustrates very clearly the continued importance of EU funding in helping to bring low carbon technologies to market and to fostering research collaboration – something we are determined to continue, despite the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum in which 62% of Scots voted to stay in the EU”.

26 Oct 2017

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