The European Commission has selected two new projects on clean ocean energy for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
While the first tidal farms in European waters are being deployed and more and more devices are being tested in water, the idea of obtaining clean energy through the oceans' waves is also gaining ground. As with all new developments, however, we need to collect data, develop models and thoroughly understand the possible impacts of the new technologies on the marine environment.
To this aim the European Commission has just granted over 1.5 million euros worth of support to two new international projects, which will help understand the interaction between the future devices and the ecosystems. The results will provide guidance to the countries' national authorities, which will one day be called upon to grant access to maritime space and consent ocean energy farms.
This kind of research is one of the critical recommendations of the Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap: Building Ocean Energy for Europe and will help reduce environmental risks when licensing future commercial operations.
|Project shortlisted for funding||Short description||Countries|
|Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave energy technologies (SEA Wave)||A comprehensive environmental programme around four of the world’s leading Wave Energy Convertors to be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre. SEA Wave will collect, process, analyse and share all environmental data and information on both positive and negative impacts of wave devices (or the absence thereof). It will develop a risk-based approach to ocean energy licencing with efficient planning and consenting procedures.||United Kingdom, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland|
|Wave Energy in Southern Europe (WESE)||WESE will be working with three wave energy devices installed in Spain and Portugal. It will collect and process environmental data and will enhance modelling capacities. It will develop licencing guidance and use maritime spatial planning concepts and tools to help with site selection.||Spain, Portugal, Finland|
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages the selection and follow-up of these projects funded under the EMFF on behalf of the European Commission. Please note that the disclosure of these shortlisted projects does not constitute a commitment for funding on the part of EASME until the grant agreements is signed.