For immediate release
17th March 2021
Blue-GIFT: 3rd call deadline extension. This is the last opportunity to submit your proposal
Blue-GIFT is running the third and final call for applications to test and validate marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies in real sea environments that will close on the 23rd of April 2021 at 17:00 UTC.
Funded by Interreg Atlantic Area, Blue-GIFT project, is helping technology developers test their MRE devices in the Atlantic Area test sites: BiMEP (Basque Country, Spain), PLOCAN (Canary Island, Spain), SEENEOH (Bordeaux, France) and WavEC (Aguçadoura, Portugal).
Are you a developer of floating offshore wind, wave or tidal energy or working with floating solar technology? This is your last opportunity to get involved in this project and perform low cost tests at these Atlantic Area areas test sites.
So far, the Blue-Gift project has supported four companies to deploy their devices in real sea conditions at test sites in the Atlantic Area including: Arrecife, Design Pro Renewables, Wave Piston and RW Power.
More technology developers will deploy in the coming months using Blue-Gift support, but a few vouchers are still available. If you want to be part of the Blue-Gift success story and test your device, get in touch about Call 3.
Ana Brito e Melo, WavEC said:
“ With this new testing opportunity offered by Blue-GIFT, developers are able to prove their technologies out in the open sea, contributing to growing confidence in this sector. We are excited to work with CorPower Ocean, supporting the deployment and testing of their first full-scale wave energy device at Aguçadoura test site. We expect as well that this 3rd call gives others the chance to make this step into the sea.”
Thomas Soulard , Centrale Nantes stated:
“Blue-GIFT is the first opportunity to enhance the collaboration with the top European test sites resulting in better practices. The 3rd call is the last opportunity for you, technology developers, to join the project and make the most of your next sea trial campaign.”
Which test centres can you apply to?
- BiMEP (wave and floating wind) in the Basque Country, Spain;
- PLOCAN (wave and floating wind) in Gran Canaria, Spain;
- SEENEOH (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 also includes three additional ocean energy test facilities who are contributing to the project with technical expertise:
- EMEC (wave and tidal) in Orkney, UK (Blue-GIFT lead partner);
- BlueWise Marine representing SmartBay Test Site (wave and floating wind) from Galway, Ireland;
- Centrale Nantes / SEM-REV (wave and floating wind) in Nantes, France.
Who can apply?
Blue-GIFT is open to any type of enterprise wishing to demonstrate ocean energy technologies being tested or validated.
How to apply?
Visit www.bluegift.eu for further information and supporting documentation, including:
- Blue-GIFT Access – 3rd Call Text
- Blue-GIFT Access – Call Rules and Conditions
- Blue-GIFT Application Form
Test Site Access Coordinator:
Mairéad Elliott, BlueWise Marine – SmartBay Test Site
Danielle Moodie, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
Photo credits: SEENEOH
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
Project Communications Officer:
Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Offshore Renewables
BLUE-GIFT website: www.bluegift.eu
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.