€2.5 million Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) initiative
has announced its first call for applications. Funded by Interreg Atlantic
Area, the Blue-GIFT project is a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration
programme with aims of encouraging longer-term demonstration and technology
de-risking across the Atlantic Area regions.
The first call offers support package vouchers to ocean energy companies
for access to demonstration sites across the Atlantic Area, which is expected
to lower costs for testing and validating technologies in real sea environments.
The project is seeking to support a minimum of eight floating wind, wave
or tidal demonstration related projects across the Atlantic Area region.
The call will close on 6th September 2019 at 17:00 UTC, and successful
applications will have access to the following test centres:
- BiMEP (wave and floating
wind) in the Basque Country, Spain;
- PLOCAN (wave and floating
wind) in Gran Canaria, Spain;
- SEENEOH (hydrokinetic
and tidal) in Bordeaux, France;
- WavEC (wave and floating
wind test centre) in Aguçadoura, Portugal.
Blue-GIFT is open to any type of enterprise wishing to demonstrate ocean
energy technologies in real-sea conditions. The applicant must own the
technology (or rights to the technology) being tested or validated.
Ruari Brooker, Blue-GIFT project manager at the European Marine Energy
Centre (EMEC) says: “Blue-GIFT will provide a significant boost to
getting ocean energy demonstrator projects into the water throughout the
Atlantic Area, maximising the use of existing infrastructure across the
region. The project will utilise the skills, processes and expertise developed
in the Interreg NWE FORESEA programme to support the development of the
ocean energy sector in the Atlantic Area region, helping to stimulate economic
and technological development.
“The programme offers both in-country and cross-border support for pre-commercial
ocean energy demonstration projects, and we encourage technology developers
to get in touch to find out how this programme can support their demonstration