The first Ocean DEMO call for applications is now open. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centers. Technology developers can apply for support packages to test multi-device farms or single devices able to scale up to multi-device in the future.
Nicolas Wallet, Program Manager at EMEC and Ocean DEMO Project Leader, said, “We’re looking forward to receiving the first applications for Ocean DEMO. This new project is a tremendous opportunity for growth in the ocean energy industry. Several past projects such as FORESEA have proven ocean energy technologies’ great potential, it is now time to scale up."
Funded by Interreg North-West Europe, Ocean DEMO is a €13 million ($14,577,000) project aiming to accelerate ocean energy’s transition from single prototype to multi-device farms by providing free access to world-leading test centers:
EMEC – European Marine Energy Centre, UK – Project leader
DMEC – Dutch Marine Energy Centre, Netherlands
Centrale Nantes/SEM-REV, France
SmartBay – Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site, Ireland
Mairéad Elliott, Business Development and Projects Coordinator at SmartBay Ireland and Ocean DEMO Access Coordinator said, “The test centers available through Ocean DEMO are amongst the best in the world. We’ve all been working in close cooperation for years towards the same goal: delivering ocean energy in Europe."