The FORESEA project aims to help bring ocean energy technologies to market by providing access to northwestern Europe’s world-leading network of test centres. Through the project, the performance of innovative ocean renewable energy technologies will be demonstrated in real sea conditions, helping to leverage the investment needed to take these new products to market.

Access to test sites will be provided through a programme of competitive calls, run by the project’s consortium. The programme covers the following test centres:
•    European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC): Orkney Islands, UK
•    SmartBay: Galway, Ireland
•    SEM-REV: Nantes, France
•    Tidal Testing Centre: Den Oever, Netherlands

Ocean Energy Europe will provide support to the test centres for project implementation.

FORESEA opens the fourth call for offshore renewable energy technologies

OCTOBER 2017. The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme opened its fourth call for support package applications today. Support packages will help commercialise offshore renewable energy technologies by giving free access to FORESEA’s network of test sites. This, the 4th FORESEA call, extends the scope to technology developers in other offshore sectors, such as oil & gas, subsea and shipping industries, which have renewable energy applications.

Seven technologies will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site with FORESEA support from 2017

Following the first three FORESEA calls for proposals, the applications of Geps Techno, Pytheas Technology, FMGC, Flex Sense, A2V, Ideol & INTERDRONES were selected to test their technologies at the SEM-REV offshore test site operated by Centrale Nantes.

The seven projects selected, in a few words:


Geps Techno, a company based in the Pays de la Loire, will test the wave-power prototype for the IHES project (18m x 10m x 7m high) in 2018. It aims to validate the performance of energy recovery system by stabilizing the platform. As well as demonstrating the technology under operational conditions, the IHES project will enable the development of design tools, including digital models that will optimize the products of tomorrow. Innovation is present throughout the programme: hybrid energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), controlled stabilization, regulation without mechanical sensor etc.

Geps Techno Contact: Jean-Luc Longeroche

Pytheas Technology: PywEC project

Pytheas Technology: the PywEC project aims to develop an innovative generator dedicated to marine renewable energies (adapted to slow and variable movements) and to test it on the first French wave-power system installed on the SEM-REV offshore test site.

Pytheas Contact: Rémi Pascual


FMGC will deploy the cast iron shells they are developing to ballast energy cables on SEM-REV. The objective is to demonstrate the stability of cables ballasted with shells over several months, including during winter storms.

FMGC Contact: Nicolas Saliot

Flex Sense

Flex Sense will deploy a connected buoy on SEM-REV to validate its capacity to perform for at least one winter. The project aims to demonstrate the continuity of transfer information via long range communication technology in offshore conditions. The innovation of this programme concerns the broad range of applications for connected objects via very low speed networks.

Flex Sense Contact:


A2V will test its new generation of transportation vessel using aerodynamic lift. The shape of the ship has been designed to improve energy efficiency and to reduce fuel consumption.

A2V Contact: Matthieu Kerhuel


Ideol and its partners worked within the framework of a FP7 project named Floatgen which included the engineering, the construction and the installation of a floating wind turbine. The testing period of the floating wind turbine designed for this project will be financed partially within the FORESEA project and will enable analysis of:
- the impact of the floating wind turbine and its mooring system on the environment: benthos, sea mammals, acoustic impacts, avifauna, electromagnetic impact etc.
- the quality and quantity of electricity produced by the wind turbine
- system performance: hydrodynamic performance, aerodynamic performance, turbine behaviour, behaviour of the mooring system etc
- exploitation and maintenance costs

Ideol Contact: Thomas Choisnet
Photo credits: Idéol

Interdrones: Aqua project

INTERDRONES and its partners ADV TECH, Akeros and LaBri will test a submarine drone able to move along the sea floor and deployed from a USV (unmanned surface vehicle) drone base. This robot will be equipped with 6 mechanical legs to move and hang on to submerged objects. The robot will also carry a video system and other sensors depending on its mission.
The robot is deployed and recovered via a 1.8 meter long autonomous catamaran with a unique propulsion system as well as a system to geolocate the submarine robot. The objective is to conduct marine research and inspection missions for the benefit of MREs.

INTERDRONES Contact: Johan Manson

Photo credits: Interdrones
Published on March 22, 2017 Updated on February 21, 2018