BLUEGIFT is a €2.5M European Regional Development Fund project that aims to help Atlantic Area companies test the next generation of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) technology in real sea environments and prove power can be economically generated from the ocean.
The Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project has opened the 2nd call for applications.
Blue-GIFT offers support package vouchers through open access calls to ocean energy companies looking for access to test and demonstration facilities in the Atlantic Area
A series of test site access vouchers will be offered to successful applicants to support testing of devices and subsystems at 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.
Whilst not eligible for applications within the Blue-GIFT programme, the project consortium also includes three additional ocean energy test facilities who will support the project with technical expertise gained from running the Interreg North-West Europe FORESEA programme:
EMEC (wave and tidal) in Orkney, UK (Blue-GIFT lead partner);
SmartBay Ireland (wave and floating wind) from Galway, Ireland;
Centrale Nantes / SEM-REV (wave and floating wind) in Nantes, France.
Key dates in the call for project
- 9 December 2020 - Launch of the 3rd Call
- 2 April 2021 - Closure of the call