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Foresea supports 10 offshore renewable energy technology developers

JBA, Met Office, EMEC

The Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (Foresea) Programme has awarded a “recommendation for support” to 10 ocean energy technology developers.

Foresea is an €11M (£9.8M) project that aims to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access through tailored support packages to a number of test centres around Europe. The programme is financed by Interreg Europe and is awarded through a series of competitive calls for application.

The 10 winners of the Foresea award were announced at the Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference and Exhibition in Brussels. The selected technology developers are Aquantis Technology, CorPower Ocean, GEPS Techno, Laminaria, Mako Turbines, Nautricity, Pytheas Technology, QED Naval, Seacurrent, and Zyba.

The call for applications closed on 21 September, all of which were assessed by Foresea’s User Selection Board.

“This Foresea award is an important part of the financial package which will help us to fully capitalise on our installation at Emec [a test centre in the UK], leverage further investment, and progress towards the marketplace,” said CorPower Ocean CEO Patrick Moller.

Emec’s Foresea manager Nic Wallet added: “The level of interest we’ve had from technology developers in the programme has been very encouraging, and shows how vibrant the sector is becoming. We look forward to welcoming some of the applicants to Emec in the near future.”

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