Project Summary

FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) is an €11m Interreg North West Europe project. Its helps bring offshore renewable energy technologies to the market by providing free access to North-West Europe’s world-leading network of test centres.

Since its launch, FORESEA has increased real-sea testing activity in the ocean energy sector. 30 technologies have successfully deployed at European test centres with FORESEA support.

Support is awarded through a series competitive calls. run by the project consortium.


Where can I test through the FORESEA programme?

The programme covers the following test centres:

  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK
  • SmartBay: Galway, Ireland
  • SEM-REV: Nantes, France
  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre: Alkmaar, Netherlands

The test centres are supported by the European industry body for ocean energy, Ocean Energy Europe, based in Brussels.

hero image courtesy of EMEC, Credit Colin Keldie

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
The European Marine Energy Centre Stromness Old Academy
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Dutch Marine Energy Centre Justin den Hartog Netherlands
SmartBay Ireland Rogerio Chumbinho Ireland
Ecole Centrale de Nantes Olivia Thilleul France
Ocean Energy Europe Victor Kempf Belgium

1st Call


2nd Call

3rd Call

4th Call

5th Call

The FORESEA consortium invites you to participate in an industry consultation conducted by Cruz Atcheson. Help FORESEA test sites meet your open ocean testing requirements, by answering the survey at:



The FORESEA project is an Interreg North-West Europe project that aims to bring ocean energy technologies to market by facilitating performance demonstration in real sea conditions. The programme provides access to SEM-REV, EMEC, DMEC and SmartBay with the support of European industry group Ocean Energy Europe.


The consultation

The consultation process will run from the 18th of October until the 15th of November 2017. Topics covered in a 10-minute online survey format include:

  • Overall description of your short to long term testing plan
  • General requirements regarding the ideal infrastructure of a test site (e.g.: grid connection, onshore and offshore features)
  • General requirements regarding the services provided by a test site (e.g.: legal status of the site, connection to the supply chain, areas of support).

Survey responses will be fully anonymised, and only aggregated data and quantitative analysis will be published. The global findings will be made available via a public domain report.


Benefits of participation

Your feedback will directly inform the development paths that will be considered when building the open ocean test sites investment plans, ensuring that your requirements in terms of infrastructures and service offerings are met. Information about your current and future needs will facilitate long-term open ocean testing to support de-risking of your technology and ultimately your progression towards commercialisation.



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