The High Power Test Sites (HiPoTeSis) initiative

The High Power Test Sites (HiPoTeSis) initiative is a cooperative platform of five European demonstration test sites: BiMEP Biscay Marine Energy Platform (Spain), Companhia da Energia Oceânica (Portugal), Fondation OPEN-C (France), Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre) (Norway), and Plataforma Oceanica de Canarias (PLOCAN) (Spain).

Our objective is to advocate for the interests of offshore demonstration test sites in Europe, ensuring these sites can continue to drive innovation and development in the floating offshore wind sector.

The test centres attended ETIPWind’s workshop in Brussels aimed to shape its messages to the newly elected EU policymakers, including the European Commission and European Parliament. ETIPWind is a platform for European wind energy stakeholders to identify R&D&I priorities and promote breakthrough
innovations to EU policymakers. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in designing offshore wind calls in Horizon Europe.

“Test centres have an essential role in creating a competitive European industry and ensuring the leadership of Europe in floating offshore wind”, says Izan Le Crom, project leader for the Hipotesis initiatives and Sites Development Director at the Fondation OPEN-C, operating French MRE test sites.
“That is why we are in Brussels highlighting the pivotal role of test sites and demonstration projects in derisking the entire FOW ecosystem”.

“We represent 100% of the installed floating offshore wind capacity for high TRL demonstration projects in Europe: our expertise is invaluable for the EU in designing effective, efficient, and targeted regulations and programs for the industry”, said Arvid Nesse, CEO of Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre) and Norwegian Offshore Wind.

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