In accordance with the energy policy objectives of the Basque government, as set out in the document Energy Policy of the Basque Country 2030 (3E2030), the mission of the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment is to contribute, by updating provision of the necessary public management mechanisms, for greater efficiency in energy consumption and the establishment of a more competitive, more sustainable and more secure energy system by reducing the environmental impact and the quantity of energy necessary for consumption and dependence on external resources. It is in this context and with the aim of promoting actions requiring investments in the demonstration and validation of emerging renewable marine energy technologies in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, that this investment assistance program in the demonstration and validation of emerging marine renewable energy technologies has been published.
EVE 2021 demonstration call
Actions eligible for aid:
Pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of full scale, or almost full scale, prototypes of wave energy converters.
Pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of full scale, or almost full scale, prototypes of floating platforms for wind turbines.
Pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of full scale, or almost full scale, prototypes of offshore wind turbines.
Pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of prototypes of auxiliary equipment or components considered as complementary to any of the prototypes describedabove.
All actions shall necessarily be carried out in open-sea testing facilities within the Basque Country.
Call for applications for aid 2021: open until 29 October 2021 or until budget is exhausted.
Key dates in the call for project
20 May 2021 - Opening of the call
29 October 2021 - Closing of the call
Terms of participation
Conditions of eligibility
All actions must be carried out in open sea test facilities in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
Projects can be submitted:
as an individual proposal, submitted by a single entity,
or as a collaborative proposal
Each action potentially eligible for aid must necessarily be submitted with an acceptance commitment to host the test site envisaged for the tests.
All submitted projects must necessarily demonstrate that the prototypes to be tested have successfully passed a rigorous R&D phase, with tests carried out at different operational scales in recognized and certified facilities, and that the designs, performance and costs of the project have been verified.
The eligible actions listed below benefit from aid corresponding to 25% of the eligible cost:
Consortium staff costs, up to a limit of 10%
Costs of instruments and equipment
Costs of carrying out pilot tests on the prototypes, such as the costs of anchors and umbilical cable, among others. The costs of the prototypes themselves are specifically excluded.
Costs of contractual research, technical knowledge and patents
When aid is granted to SMEs, this rate of 25% may be increased by 10% for medium-sized enterprises and by 20% for small enterprises;
A 15% increase in the aid rate is added if the action involves effective collaboration:
between undertakings, at least one of which must be an SME, or is carried out in at least two Member States, and no undertaking bears more than 70% of the eligible costs, or
between a company and one or more research and knowledge dissemination organizations, when the latter bear at least 10% of the eligible costs and are entitled to publish their own research results.
The total allocated funds for 2021 have been set at 5,000,000 euros.
Applications will be submitted at EVE’s offices or by certified mail to the following address:
EVE – Ente Vasco de la Energía
Apdo. Correos 5020
Edificio Plaza Bizkaia
Alameda de Urquijo, 36 – 1ª planta
Reference: EMERGING MARINE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES 2021.