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Blue-GIFT supports nine ocean energy companies to trial and validate their technologies

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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
3rd December 2019

The first call for applications of the €2.5 million Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project ended in September with a successful outcome for nine companies.

Funded by Interreg Atlantic Area, the Blue-GIFT project is a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration programme, encouraging longer-term  demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Area regions.

The 1st call offered support package vouchers to ocean energy companies for access to Blue-GIFT test and demonstration sites across the Atlantic Area for validation of their technologies in real sea environments. Building on the experience gained through the FORESEA project, soon to end in 2020, the result of the first call in the Blue-GIFT project has been a brilliant success.
 
Biscay Marine Energy Platform, in Spain hosted the ARRECIFE wave energy converter trials. This 1:3 scale device developed by the Basque company Arrecife Energy Systems was installed in the testing area in September. The non-grid-connected testing campaign lasted one month, and the device was decommissioned in October. Arrecife Energy Systems plans to deploy again next year.

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Photo credits: Arrecife Energy Systems

Design Pro Renewables was awarded two vouchers for testing two devices at the SENNEOH tidal test site in France. The 25kW machine already deployed on site will benefit from an extended period for survivability testing until February 2020. The focus of the second project is the testing of a 60kW floating turbine system anchored to a pile, over a 12-month period.

Three small and medium sizes enterprises (SME’s) have been awarded Support Package Vouchers that allow them access to the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) offshore test site in Spain. RW Power AS (Norway) propose a low-cost buoy based wave pump converter to deliver pressurized seawater for its use in desalination plants or to produce electric energy. EnerOcean S.L. (Spain) will test control strategies and new adaptations of their W2Power solution. Wavepiston (Denmark) will demonstrate a full-scale version of their Wave Energy Converter with 24 energy collectors. The testing phase for all developers at PLOCAN will start at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Over the duration of the Blue-GIFT project, a minimum target of eight floating wind, wave or tidal technology demonstrations will be supported by the Blue-GIFT test sites located in the Atlantic Area region.
 
Ruari Brooker, Blue-GIFT Project Manager at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland, said:
The response to this first call has been a tremendous result for the marine renewable energy sector in Europe. It demonstrates that there is a potential in this industry yet to be unleashed. Some of our applicants are already deploying their technology and 2020 is shaping up to be a pioneering year for the sector.
 
The nine companies that have been granted Blue-GIFT support for their technologies are:
 
Developer Location Type
Design Pro Renewables SEENOEH Tidal Stream
Arrecife Energy Systems BiMEP Wave Energy
Laminaria BiMEP Wave Energy
Wello Oy BiMEP Wave Energy
Eolink BiMEP Floating Offshore Wind
SBM Offshore BiMEP Floating Offshore Wind
EnerOcean S.L. PLOCAN Floating Offshore Wind
RW Power AS PLOCAN Wave Energy
Wave Piston PLOCAN Wave Energy

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Test Site Access Coordinator:
Mairéad Elliott, SmartBay Ireland
Mairead.elliott@smartbay.ie
 
Project Leader:
Ruari Brooker, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
Ruari.brooker@emec.org.uk
 
NOTES TO THE EDITOR

ABOUT INTERREG ATLANTIC AREA
As part of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy, Interreg Atlantic Area supports transnational cooperation projects in 36 Atlantic regions of five countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, contributing to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. For further information, visit: www.atlanticarea.eu

CONTACTS
 
Project Communications Officer:
Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Offshore Renewables
janete.goncalves@wavec.org
 
BLUE-GIFT website: www.bluegift.eu

PARTNERS

EMEC is the world’s leading centre for testing wave and tidal energy converters at sea.
To date it has hosted 20 companies and 31 prototypes, with more technologies trialed than anywhere else in the world. EMEC also runs an international group for all the wave and tidal test sites globally.

SEENEOH is a test site for tidal devices up to 100kW. 3 locations are available with moorings and export cable.
One includes a floating platform. SEENEOH gathers environmental, mechanical and electric skills and facilitates access to maritime operations for commissioning and maintenance.

BiMEP is a real sea infrastructure for the research, demonstration and exploitation of MRE devices.
BiMEP has two locations: BiMEP site, an open sea test centre connected to the grid off the coast of Armintza and the Mutriku site, a testing area at the Mutriku Wave Power Plant.

PLOCAN is a unique Science and Technology infrastructure that supports research in the marine and maritime sectors.
It promotes long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services (ocean observatory, marine test site, underwater vehicles and innovation hub).

WavEC is one of the leading research and innovation centres in this area in Europe, particularly in wave energy and floating wind energy.
WavEC has a long track record of development of tools for direct support to the marine energy industry, including both technical and non-technical tools.

SmartBay Ireland supports the Marine Institute in the management of Ireland’s marine test and demonstration facility in Galway Bay which supports the collection of marine data andthe trial, demonstration and validation of novel wave and floating wind prototypes, as well as materials, sensors and components for use in the marine environment.
 
Centrale Nantes is one of the top French graduate Schools of engineering. Its research centers support your MRE technology by covering ocean, civil and electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing. It benefits from experimental facilities: Supercomputing, Ocean-tank, wind tunnel and offshore test site SEM-REV. More specifically, Centrale Nantes operates the test site since 2009, and owns the permits for wave and wind energy converters.

This Press release only reflects the authors’ view. The programme authorities are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
 
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