European project to unlock potential of ocean energy

A new pan-European project, the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), which aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector was launched in Ireland last month. Businesses are invited to become members of the new ocean network.

OPIN will encourage collaboration between the ocean energy sector and other sectors, such as oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, ICT, advanced materials, sensors, and manufacturing, to identify ways to grow the ocean energy supply chain. Partners are calling on businesses with expertise that can be used in the ocean sector to join the OPIN project, explore collaboration opportunities with other organisations, and avail of the supports available.

The basic premise of OPIN is to encourage cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration for offshore renewable energy SMEs. This will bring proven expertise, capabilities and products into the ocean energy sector. OPIN will help to reduce costs and accelerate both technology and market development.

Ocean energy can contribute significantly to a low carbon economy. This project will provide a platform to access services and collaboration opportunities across North West Europe, providing targeted support and allowing companies in this developing industry to come together and work with other sectors.

A series of events will be hosted in partner countries this year, beginning with a symposium in Dublin on 30 September 2019. Any business who is a member of the project can attend these events. In addition, companies can apply to OPIN for independent technology assessments to benchmark the potential for success and identify potential collaborators, and vouchers to support groups of SMEs to deliver collaborative innovation projects.

With a three-year budget of €2.6 million, €1.5 million funded by INTERREG North West Europe, the project is led by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in partnership with Scottish Enterprise (UK), Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK), West Atlantic Marine Energy Community, Centrale Nantes (France), Dutch Marine Energy Centre (Netherlands), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany) and Sirris, and will explore ways to unlock the potential of this renewable energy resource.

Interested? You can find membership details and the full list of supports on the OPIN project website.