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Press release: Blue-GIFT 2nd call closes end April 2020

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The Blue-GIFT project’s second call for applications for ocean energy demonstration will close on 30 April 2020 at 17:00 UTC. Applications can benefit from an early assessment if the test plan requires a starting date on Q1 & Q2 2020.

Funded by Interreg Atlantic Area, the main objective of Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) is to provide access to real sea environment test facilities for the next generation of marine renewable energy and to accelerate progress towards a net zero carbon future.

This is the second of three calls for applications to support access to test sites in the Atlantic Area region, specifically Portugal, Northern Spain, Western France and the Canary Islands.

Ruari Brooker, Blue-GIFT project manager at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), lead partner for the Blue-GIFT project said:

“The Blue-GIFT project represents a unique opportunity to gain access to world leading marine renewable energy test facilities and expertise. To any technology developers approaching the stage of real sea prototype tests, I would strongly recommend to get in touch to find out how the Blue-GIFT project can accelerate your development.”

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 (hydrokinetic and tidal) in Bordeaux, France;
  • WavEC (wave and floating wind test centre) in Aguçadoura, Portugal.

Whilst not open 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.

Who can apply?

Blue-GIFT is open to any enterprise wishing to demonstrate ocean energy technologies under real sea conditions.

How to apply?

Visit www.bluegift.eu for further information and supporting documentation, including:

  • Blue-GIFT Access – 2nd Call Text
  • Blue-GIFT Access – Call Rules and Conditions
  • Blue-GIFT Application Form

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.








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