Funding programme and call:
Interreg Atlantic Area / Call 2 - 2018 /
Priority Axis 2. Fostering resource
efficiency. Specific Objective 2.1.
Fostering renewable energies and energy
Budget for PLOCAN:
Funding for PLOCAN:
EMEC (UK) - SEENEOH (FR) - BiMEP
(ES) - PLOCAN (ES) - WAVEC (PT) - SBI
(IE) - ECN (FR). Associated partners: EVE
(ES) - CMC (ES) - in2sea (PT) - RNA (FR)
- HIE (UK) - ARPLTI (FR)
Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked
Blue-GIFT, a project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme through the European Regional Development Fund, aims to help companies from the Atlantic Area regions to test the next generation of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) technology in real sea environments and prove power can be economically generated from the ocean. The project encourages longer-term demonstration and technology de-risking granting access to Test Sites across the Atlantic Area, lowering costs for testing and validating technologies in real sea.
These accesses will be granted through a series of competitive calls where a User Selection Board evaluates the proposals received for eligibility and, if successful, grants aid to access the Test Site of the Users’ choice by means of a Support Package Voucher.
Blue-GIFT will result in a minimum of 8 MRE floating wind, wave or tidal pre- commercial demonstrations, over 24,000 hrs of operation, work with over 20 SME's, sustaining 30+ jobs and helping to secure €15M investment into MRE companies.
The project partners are:
- EMEC (wave and tidal test centre) in Orkney, Scotland – LEAD PARTNER;
- BiMEP (wave and floating wind test centre) in the Basque Country, Spain;
- PLOCAN (wave and floating wind test centre) in Gran Canaria, Spain;
- SEENEOH (tidal and run of river test centre) in Bordeaux, France;
- WavEC (wave and floating wind test centre) in Lisbon, Portugal;
- SmartBay Ireland (marine and renewable test site) in Galway; and
- Centrale Nantes, SEM-REV (wave and floating wind test centre) on the west coast of France.