The second call of the Interreg Atlantic Area funded Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project has recommended five ocean energy companies for support to deploy their technology in the Atlantic Area region. This completes the second of three calls for applications in the Blue-GIFT project.
The Blue-GIFT project, coordinated by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, Scotland, aims to help Atlantic Area companies test their marine renewable energy technology in real sea environments and prove that power can be economically generated from the Atlantic Ocean.
The 1st and 2nd calls of the project have so far offered support package vouchers to a total of 14 companies, enabling them to access the Blue-GIFT test sites for validation of their technologies in real sea environments.
The companies who received vouchers for testing their technology in the 2nd call are:
- Blue Shark Power System,
- CorPower Ocean,
- Resolute Marine Energy,
- Tension Technology International
- Exponential Renewables .
Blue Shark Power System, a French company, is recommended for a support voucher to test its tidal device at SEENEOH test site in Bordeaux, France. The project consists of developing a river version of its marine tidal turbine.
CorPower Ocean Portugal is recommended for a support voucher to test its wave device at Aguçadoura, Portugal.
Resolute Marine Energy (RME), Tension Technology International (TTI) and Exponential Renewables (X1 Wind) were recommended for individual support vouchers to test their respective technologies at the PLOCAN test site. RME will test their Wave2O technology, an autonomous wave-powered desalination plant; TTI a new connector for synthetic ropes on the mooring system of the EnerOcean W2Power prototype; and X1 Wind will perform an enhanced monitoring of their X30 floating wind platform.