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 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.
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.
- Ocean energy – A new source of green, blue power
- DG MARE website: ocean Energy
- ‘Environmental monitoring of wave and tidal devices’ call for proposals
- EU blue growth policy
- European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
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