The new Interreg NWE Ocean DEMO project was launched in January 2019. It provides funding to test sites to facilitate access for developers of marine renewable energy technologies to test their products or services in real-life conditions.

Ocean DEMO is a €13 million project. Ocean DEMO is expected to stimulate innovation in ocean energy and to develop technologies up to real-life testing of several machines, including free access to the network of test centres in Europe, one of the largest in the world:
  •     EMEC - European Marine Energy Centre, UK – Project leader
  •     DMEC - Dutch Marine Energy Centre, Netherlands
  •     Centrale Nantes / SEM-REV, France
  •     SmartBay - Ireland
In order to boost the market, Ocean DEMO will develop an information system about the potential of ocean energies for investors, and raise awareness among company managers of the political context necessary to develop these technologies. Major project developers will also be able to benefit from test site feedback on the specific challenges of ocean energy.

Ocean Demo is funded by the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) programme, which is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Ocean DEMO follows on from the success of the FORESEA project, which supported the testing of unique prototypes at sea. FORESEA has helped to prove the potential of Marine Renewable Energies, with 26 technologies deployed.

Ocean Demo third call to focus on progression towards multi device installations


The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project opened its 3rd call today. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centres.

This new call will focus on supporting technology developers with high readiness level for deployment in late 2020 or early 2021. Technology developers can apply for support packages to test multi-device farms or single devices able to scale up to multi-device in the future. A webinar detailing the application process and support opportunities will take place in a few weeks.

The third Ocean DEMO call for applications is open until 18th September 2020, at 17:00 UTC. Applications will be reviewed regularly, and support packages will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Call documents are available on the Ocean DEMO website.

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Published on January 16, 2020 Updated on August 28, 2020