Blue-GIFT 2nd call for applications for ocean energy demonstration closes on April 30th


Blue-GIFT 2nd call for applications for ocean energy demonstration closes on April 30th

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The Blue-GIFT project opened its 2nd call for applications for ocean energy demonstration on the 20th of January 2020. The call will close on the 30th of April 2020 at 17:00 UTC. Applications can benefit from an early assessment if the test plan requires a starting date in Q1 or Q2 2020.

This project is funded by Interreg Atlantic Area and 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.

For this purpose, the project consortium opened the 2nd Call (second of three calls) for applications for access to test sites in the following four test sites in the Atlantic Area region: Portugal, Northern Spain, Western France and the Canary Islands.

Ruari Brooker, Blue-GIFT project manager at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) 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 getting 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) 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 the 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) in Galway, Ireland;
  • Centrale Nantes / SEM-REV (wave and floating wind) in Nantes, France.

Centrale Nantes SEM-REV

Photo credit: Centrale Nantes SEM-REV

Who can apply?

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

How to apply?

Visit for further information and supporting documentation, including:

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


Test Site Access Coordinator: Mairead Elliott, SmartBay Ireland

Project Leader: Ruari Brooker, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)




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. For further information, visit:

Project Communications Officer:

Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Offshore Renewables -

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