Europe – Mercredi 31/01/2018. The EU-funded FORESEA programme has approved funding for six developers of offshore renewable energy technologies to deploy technologies at the SmartBay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site. 

The announcement marks a new phase in ocean energy development in Ireland, with more technologies than ever planning to hit the water in the coming 2 years.


FORESEA is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centres. FORESEA’s user selection board awarded a ‘Recommendation for Support” to demonstration projects led by the following technology developers:
–    Sea Power
–    Bluwind Power
–    Marine Power Systems
–    Blue Ocean Monitoring
–    UGen
–    Calwave

A final award of support is secured by the developer upon contract with the test centre.

The announcement follows the granting of a foreshore license to the SmartBay Test Site in December 2017 by Irish Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English.


Contact : Rob Flynn – Ocean Energy Europe –  Communication Manager  Ocean Energy Europe

SmartBay Ireland

SmartBay Ireland supports the management and promotion of the SmartBay Test Site. The SmartBay Test Site is used for the development of innovative products and services for the global maritime sector. This includes the trial and validation of novel marine sensors, prototype equipment and the collection and dissemination of marine data to national and international users of the facility.


John Breslin, General Manager of SmartBay Ireland welcomed the awards:
“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new phase for the development sustainable low carbon technologies in Ireland, with a significant increase in the planned testing of a range of promising devices in the SmartBay Test Site. 

With world-leading expertise and test facilities, and an unparalleled wave resource, marine renewables have huge potential for energy generation and job creation in Ireland. Today’s announcement is an important milestone on the pathway to realising that potential. We’re looking forward to working with developers to validate their technologies in real-sea conditions and put them on the road to market.”

Gareth Stockman, CEO of Marine Power Systems said: 

« With an estimated 100GW  of ocean energy capacity deployable in Europe alone, the potential economic and environmental benefits to be gained from our oceans are significant. Marine Power Systems is developing its wave energy technology, the WaveSub, to generate clean, reliable and affordable electricity from this vast renewable energy source. 

We are delighted to have been recommended for support by FORESEA’s board and look forward to tapping into the expertise and the state of the art facilities at the SmartBay Test Site as we progress on our journey towards full-scale commercial roll out of the WaveSub ».


4th FORESEA call now open
The 4th and final FORESEA call for applications opened on 11 October 2017, and aims to help technology developers from other offshore sectors transition into the renewable energy market. The call runs until 29 June 2018.

For further information, contact:
Rob Flynn   Communication Manager  Ocean Energy Europe    +32 497 646 050



FORESEA is an €11m project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centres: the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) (UK), SEM-REV (France), SmartBay (Ireland) and Stichting Tidal Testing Centre (Netherlands). Access is awarded through a series of competitive calls for application. It is financed by the Interreg North West Europe programme.

Interreg North-West Europe

The Interreg North-West Europe Programme fosters transnational cooperation to make the Northwestern Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. Here you can find information about our funding opportunities and the positive change our projects have brought to the territory and its people.



Marine Power Systems
Marine Power Systems Ltd (MPS) is a wave power technology development company based in Wales (UK). 

The company is focused on developing a device that can offer the most affordable, reliable and scalable offshore wave technology in the world with its wave energy device the WaveSub. Designed and built in Wales, the WaveSub has the potential to substantially reduce the costs of energy generation from waves. 

Funded by a mix of public and private sector investment, MPS has just started sea-based testing of its quarter-scale prototype. MPS’s long-term vision is to take its product to a commercial market and become a leading manufacturer of multi-megawatt wave energy devices that can generate clean, reliable energy for countries around the globe.

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