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Blue-GIFT calls for offshore renewables

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/04/2019 Blue-GIFT
 The €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 needs.”


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